You can use an Installation Guide document when installing software and for the preparation, training, and conversion from existing systems. Use the Installation Guide to:
  • Ensure that you have a correctly functioning system
  • Develop an installation plan that uses the appropriate installer and considers the component requirements during deployment.
  • Specify the configuration values that configure the components to interoperate.
Who uses it?
The Installation Plan provides installation and configuration procedures for every part of the system and describes the correct order for installing the component instances and performing basic configuration.
An Installation Guide is used for different people in the software development process, including the Technical Architect, Development Manager, Project Manager, IT Manager, Test Manager, Documentation Manager, Technical Writer, and System Administrator.
When is it used?
An Installation Guide is required for the installation of software / hardware / networks when the installation process is sufficiently complex to require a documented plan. An Installation Guide the procedures for installing and configuring the application in the production environments.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction
1.1 Purpose of this document
1.2 Identification
1.3 Reference information
1.4 Points of Contact
2. Installation Plan
2.1 Scope
2.2 Environment
2.3 Tasks
2.4 Security
2.5 Site Name [x]
2.6 Entry and Exit Criteria
2.7 Backup Procedure
2.8 Installation Test Procedure
3. System Requirements
3.1 Overview of [system] installation
3.2 Software Requirements
3.3 Hardware Requirements
3.4 Operating Systems
3.5 Database Support
3.6 Known problems
4. Installing the [system]
4.1 Prerequisites
4.2 Preparing to install components
4.3 Upgrading from Version X.x
4.4 Starting the installation
4.5 Server Installation
4.6 Client Installation
4.7 Custom Installation
4.8 Using the Installation Wizard
4.9 Uninstalling the [system]
5. Post Installation
5.1 Installing System Updates
6. Troubleshooting
Appendices
Glossary of Terms
Acronyms and Abbreviations

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