How to Zip and Deploy a Cloudhouse Compatibility Container

13/07/2019 Cliff Hobbs   ID: 280111


The purpose of this article is to detail how to ZIP and deploy a Cloudhouse Compatibility Container™. 


Cloudhouse Containers can be compressed to reduce the time taken to copy them across the network or for storing them as a single file on file shares.

The example DeployZippedContainers.ps1 shown below can be used by deployment teams from within Microsoft SCCM or other deployment tools to extract and then run the deployment command.

Step-by-step process

To ZIP a Cloudhouse Container:

  1. Zip the contents of the Container folder (not the parent folder) using Windows Explorer or a compression program such as 7-Zip.

  1. Create a PowerShell script like the one below to extract the Container from the ZIP file and then run the Cloudhouse.Container.Deploy.exe command.

Example DeployZippedContainer.ps1

Please ensure you test this script, or any other script, in your environment.


Utility to extract and deploy a Zipped Container


This utility will extract a Container (zipped using Explorer, WinZip or 7-Zip) into the user's %temp% directory. The Container will be extracted to %temp%\ZipName.

If the unzipped Container exists, then it will be deleted (recursive delete) and replaced with the latest files extracted from zip. Once the Container has been installed the temp files will be deleted

.PARAMETER sourcezip

Provide the filename of the zipped Container 

.PARAMETER deploycmd

Provide the name of the Cloudhouse utility, e.g. Cloudhouse.Container.Deployment.exe

.PARAMETER deployargs

Provide the args to be passed to depoyment tool. Please note if the path you want to deploy to contains a space you must add single quotes around the arguments provided.


User deployment to c:\programdata
.\DeployZippedContainers.ps1 -sourcezip -deploycmd Cloudhouse.Container.Deployment.exe -deployargs "/deploydir c:\programdata /deploytype user /acceptEULA"

Uninstall a container installed for a user in c:\programdata
.\DeployZippedContainers.ps1 -sourcezip -deploycmd Cloudhouse.Container.Deployment.exe "/deploytype user /uninstall"

Machine deployment to c:\program files, please note you MUST use additional single quotes to ensure the space in path is handled correctly
.\DeployZippedContainers.ps1 -sourcezip -deploycmd Cloudhouse.Container.Deployment.exe '"/deploydir c:\programdata /deploytype Machine /acceptEULA"'




$current_path = Get-Location

$source = Join-Path -Path $current_path -ChildPath $sourcezip

# Make sure the zipped container exists
If( -Not (Test-Path $source)) { 
    Write-Output (-join("Zipped Container doesn't exist, exiting ", $source))

#set destination directory to %temp%\sourcezip
$container_path = ([System.Io.Path]::GetFileNameWithoutExtension($sourcezip))
$dest = Join-Path -Path $env:temp -ChildPath $container_path 

If(Test-path $dest) {
    Write-Output (-join("Destination already exists, deleting: ", $dest))
    Remove-Item $dest -recurse

# extract the zip archive
Write-Output (-join("Extracting the Container ", $source))
Add-Type -assembly ""
try {
    [io.compression.zipfile]::ExtractToDirectory($source, $dest)
    Write-Output (-join("Extracted the zipped Container ", $dest))
catch {
    Write-Output "`nFailed to extract the Container", $PSItem

$cmd = [System.IO.Path]::Combine($dest, $deploycmd)
$command = "$cmd $deployargs"
Write-Output "Executing command: ", $command
Invoke-Expression $command

#Remove-Item $dest -recurse
#Write-Output "Deleted the extracted container from the temp directory"


To get help:

PS > help .\DeployZippedContainer.ps1

To extract to AppNameContainer

PS > .\DeployZippedContainer.ps1 -sourcezip -deploycmd Cloudhouse.Container.Deployment.exe -deployargs "/deploydir c:\programdata /deploytype user"


Sample scripts are not supported under any Cloudhouse standard support program or service. The sample scripts are provided AS IS without warranty of any kind. Cloudhouse further disclaims all implied warranties including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose. The entire risk arising out of the use or performance of the sample scripts and documentation remains with you. In no event shall Cloudhouse, its authors, or anyone else involved in the creation, production, or delivery of the scripts be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use the sample scripts or documentation, even if Cloudhouse has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

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