You can add (publish) a software resource to the Software Portal to deliver a single piece of software with minimum configuration. You can publish only the resources that have a command line. You can select one or more command lines that you want to publish, and configure user and permission assignments for each of the command lines individually. For example, you can choose to pre-approve the software install command line, but require administrator's approval for the uninstall command line.
When you publish a software resource, a hidden Quick Delivery task is created. After a software request is approved, the Quick Delivery task runs and installs the software on the user's computer as soon as possible.
When a software resource is published to the Software Portal, its publishing settings are saved in the Software Catalog as a reference to the software resource. You cannot delete a software resource from the Software Catalog if references are associated with that software resource. To ensure that you can delete the software resource, you must delete its references first.
You can delete a software resource that is published to the Software Portal. However, you cannot delete a software resource that has references. A reference is an association between the software resource and another item in the Symantec Management Platform.
When a software resource is published to the Software Portal, a reference to its publishing settings is created. The publishing settings include the permissions, software name, and software description. Because these references are saved with the software resource, you can temporarily un-publish the software from the Software Portal without losing its settings.
For example, you publish a software resource to the Software Portal and set permissions for 12 user groups. Later, you need to make that software unavailable for a specific time, so you uncheck the Publish to Software Portal check box on the Software Publishing tab. When you decide to make the software available again, you can check the Publish to Software Portal check box and the software's Software Portal settings are preserved. You do not have to reset the permissions for those user groups.
If the software resource that you publish has dependencies on other software, the dependency software is not delivered as a result of a user request. Instead, create and publish a Managed Software Delivery policy for that software so that the dependencies are installed.