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How to Mass Deploy the Ditto Windows Receiver

This guide allows Ditto and Windows administrators to zero-touch deploy the Ditto Windows Receiver across multiple Windows computers simultaneously.

You may use any service to deploy and manage MSI files. The steps listed below describe how to use Group Policy to automatically distribute the Windows Ditto Receiver to a number of client machines at once. Ditto Receiver is packaged as a standard MSI installer, and no special considerations are needed during deployment.

The following steps must be performed in order:

  1. Deploy the Ditto Deployment Registry Key
  2. Deploy the Ditto Windows Receiver MSI
  3. Set the Ditto Receiver to automatically launch at startup
  4. Reboot the computers you're deploying to
  5. Wait a few minutes and navigate to the Ditto Account Portal
  6. Link your newly paired receivers to rooms

Important first steps

The instructions below assume:

  • Your Windows computers are remotely managed by Windows server or similar
  • You are familiar with Windows Group Policy and Group Policy Objects

Deploying Large Numbers of Receivers?

Parts of this processs can be automated even further. Please contact your Ditto account representative for additional Windows deployment options before continuing.

Step 1 - Obtain Ditto deployment files

  1. Log in to the Ditto Account Portal
  2. Navigate to the My Organization area
  3. Select Deployment
  4. Select the Ditto Windows Receiver tab
  5. Download the Deployment Registry Key
  6. Download the 32- or 64-bit Ditto Windows Receiver .msi file

Step 2 - Deploy Ditto with Group Policy

Important!

These steps must be performed in order. Make sure you deploy the pairing registry key BEFORE deploying the Ditto Receiver MSI file.

Deploy a registry entry to automatically pair Ditto Receiver to your Ditto account

To automatically pair Ditto Receiver to your Ditto account, you also need to deploy the registry file downloaded from your Ditto account portal as instructed above.

  1. Be sure you've downloaded the Deployment Registry Key from your Ditto Account Portal as instructed above.
  2. Open the Group Policy Management console (gpmc.msc)
  3. Create a new (or edit the existing) GPO, link it to the necessary container (OU) in AD with the computers (or users) on which you want to deploy the registry key and go to the policy edit mode
  4. Expand the GPO section Computer (or User) Configuration -> Preferences -> Windows Settings -> Registry and select New -> Registry Wizard in the context menu
  5. The Registry Wizard allows you to connect to the registry on a remote computer and select the existing registry key
  6. Specify the computer name you want to connect to. This computer will have the registry key imported manually, by saving and double clicking on the .reg file downloaded earlier. This could be a remote machine, or you could use the local computer that will be making the GPO.
  7. Using the Registry browser, select all the registry parameters that you want to deploy through the GPO, then click on Finish

    • For the Deployment key, two parameters are selected, those are “OrganizationId” and “DeploymentCode”. You can find these in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Squirrels\Ditto Receiver tree.
  8. The specified registry entries are imported into the GPP console along with the reg path
  9. You have now created a group policy to deploy your pairing information. The next time group policy settings are updated on target computers, they will be paired to your Ditto account.

Deploy the Ditto Receiver MSI file

  1. Open Server Manager on your domain server
  2. Click Tools and open Group Policy Management
  3. In the Group Policy Management console, right click your domain name and click Create a GPO in this domain, and link it here
  4. In the New GPO box, type Deploy Software in the name box and then click OK
  5. In the Group Policy Management console, right click Deploy Software GPO and click Edit
  6. In the Group Policy Management Editor, under Computer Configuration, expand Policies and then expand Software Settings
  7. Right-click Software installation, click New and then click Package
  8. In the Open dialog box, browse to the previously dwonloaded Ditto Windows Receiver msi file and then click Open. Note: In the Open dialog box, you may type the full UNC path of the shared installer package that you want. For example, \\file server\share\file name.msi.
  9. In the Deploy Software window, ensure that the Assigned option is selected and then click OK
  10. Wait for few seconds and verify that Ditto Receiver is listed in the Group Policy Management Editor
  11. Ditto Windows Receiver is now deployed

Deploy a registry entry to automatically launch Ditto Receiver when the system is started

  1. Open Server Manager on your domain server
  2. Click Tools and open Group Policy Management
  3. In the Group Policy Management console, right click your domain name and click Create a GPO in this domain, and link it here
  4. In the New GPO box, type Deploy Software in the name box and then click OK
  5. In the Group Policy Management console, right click Deploy Software GPO and click Edit
  6. In the Group Policy Management Editor, under Computer Configuration, expand Policies and then expand Software Settings
  7. Right-click Software installation, click New and then click Package
  8. In the Open dialog box, browse to the previously dwonloaded Ditto Windows Receiver msi file and then click Open. Note: In the Open dialog box, you may type the full UNC path of the shared installer package that you want. For example, \\file server\share\file name.msi.
  9. In the Deploy Software window, ensure that the Assigned option is selected and then click OK
  10. Wait for few seconds and verify that Ditto Receiver is listed in the Group Policy Management Editor
  11. Create a new Group Policy Object
  12. Enter a name for the Object, such as Ditto Receiver
  13. Go to the Settings tab
  14. Right-click on Computer Configuration or User Configuration and select Edit — You can deploy the registry key on per-user basis
  15. Right click on the Registry option, and select New Registry Item from the dropdown menu
  16. Enter the following details to create the registry key:
    • Key path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    • Value type: String
    • Value data: C:\\Program Files\\Ditto Receiver\\DittoReceiver.exe
  17. Click OK and the Registry key will be deployed
  18. Now restart and log in to a client PC and Ditto Receiver will launch and pair to your account

Step 3 - Link Devices to Rooms in Ditto

At this point, your Windows machines are now configured and paired to your Ditto account. You now need to link each receiver to a room.

If you havent created rooms for your receivers yet, follow these steps:
  1. Return to the Ditto Account Portal
  2. Navigate to the Rooms section
  3. Create a room for each receiver you added through Group Policy
  4. The Ditto Windows Receiver is now ready to use. Users can now mirror their screens using Ditto Connect.
If you already created rooms without receivers, follow these steps:
  1. Return to the Ditto Account Portal
  2. Navigate to My Organization section
  3. Select Deployment
  4. Click the Ditto Windows Receiver tab
  5. Under Quick Link Rooms, select Begin Linking and you will be presented with a list of unlinked receivers added through Group Policy
  6. Select the room each receiver should be assigned to from the drop down beside the receiver name

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