Testing the Autodeploy Package

Once you have the Parallels Desktop autodeploy package configured, you can test it on a single Mac before you mass deploy it to other Mac computers in your organization.

To test the package:

  1. Copy it to a Mac on which you want to test it. The Mac should have a configuration similar to other Mac computers on which you'll be deploying Parallels Desktop. Specifically, if your target Mac computers don't have Parallels Desktop and virtual machines installed, the test Mac shouldn't have them installed either. If target Macs have an older version of Parallels Desktop, the test Mac should have it installed too, so you can see what the results will be.

  2. To speed up the execution of the package during testing, consider running it from the command line using /System/Library/CoreServices/Installer.app. When executed this way, the package will not be tested by macOS for digital signature, and the usual package verification procedure will be skipped. Please note that if you run the package by double-clicking on it, macOS will warn you that the package is not signed and will not install it. If you run the package by right-clicking and choosing Open, the signature check will be skipped but the verification of the package will take a long time if you have one or more virtual machines in it (because of the large size of a typical virtual machine). When you use the Installer.app to run the package, the installation will commence installing immediately, without any checks or verifications. All of the above only applies when you run the package manually. When you mass deploy it on Mac computers, verification is not performed, and the installation is completely silent.

  3. When the installation is complete, verify that Parallels Desktop is installed, activated, and is functioning properly. If your package is configured to deploy Parallels Desktop in Single Application Mode, try running the application and see that it starts and runs as it should.

  4. Please note that when the package is executed, it writes logs into /var/log/install.log. If you experience issues, examine the logs. If that doesn't help, you can contact Parallels Support for business customers which is available 24/7.

Read on to learn how to mass deploy the package using one of the Mac management tools.

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