Steps to Building a Prism Package

You can launch the Editor from the Start Menu. When you start the Editor, a Package Expert takes you through the steps to build a Prism Package for deploying software.

  1. When you start the Editor, it automatically displays the screen introducing the Prism Expert. Click Next.


  1. The Prism Expert begins by taking a baseline Picture of your computer. This Picture includes information about all files and content on your hard drive.


  1. When the Expert is finished taking the Picture, it advances to 2. Make changes to your PC.


At this time, Prism waits for you to install or uninstall software, create or delete files and folders, or make any other changes to your computer that you wish to distribute to other computers.

In this exercise, the change you will make to your computer is simply to create a shortcut to the New Boundary Technologies Web site.

  1. Right-click anywhere on your desktop.

If the desktop is not visible because the Editor is filling the entire screen, you have two options for accessing the desktop.


(1) The Expert asks you what you want to do with the information you have gathered. Save the information and start where I left off next time is chosen by default. Click OK.

(2) Close or minimize the Editor.

(3) Right-click anywhere on your desktop and continue with the next step (creating the shortcut).

Later, when you finish with step 8 (viewing the new shortcut), relaunch the Editor by choosing Prism Deploy Editor from the Start menu. Prism remembers where you left off, letting you continue with the tutorial.

  1. From the menu that appears, select New, then select Shortcut.


  1. In the Type the location of the item text box, enter
    Click Next.

  2. In the Type a name for this shortcut text box, enter New Boundary Technologies Home Page. Click Finish.

  3. View your desktop.

A new Internet shortcut to the New Boundary Technologies Web site appears. Depending on which operating system and/or browser you use, the shortcut symbol may appear as the New Boundary Technologies logo, the Internet Explorer logo, the Netscape logo, or another browser logo.


If you closed the Expert in step 4, relaunch the Editor by choosing Prism Deploy Editor from the Start menu. Prism remembers where you left off and you can continue with the next step.

  1. Return to the Editor. Click Next to move on to 3. Name the Package.


  1. In the window that appears, you are asked to pick a file for storing the changes. This name is used for the Package you are about to create.

In the File name text box, type NewBoundaryShortcut. Click Save.


  1. Prism creates a Package that contains all the changes you made to your computer while creating the desktop shortcut.


  1. Once Prism is finished creating your Package, the Expert asks What would you like to do now?

The box next to Edit the Package is automatically checked. For this exercise, make sure none of the other boxes are checked. Click Finish.


  1. Minimize Prism if you cannot see the shortcut you just created.

To continue this exercise, you are going to remove the shortcut, then reinstall it on your computer using Prism.

  1. Drag and drop the shortcut to the Recycle Bin.


  1. Return to the Editor. The window that opens displays the contents of your newly-created Package called NewBoundaryShortcut.

Browse to the Desktop folder to see the New Boundary Technologies Home Page Shortcut that you created.


  1. When you are finished exploring, you are ready to deploy the Package.

Important: The Package you created is stored on the local drive of your computer. When you are ready to evaluate Prism on multiple computers, save the Package in a shared location relative to target computers.