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    Can anyone point me in the right direction with regards to automating software distributions with GPO?

    Iíve been through this article (see link below) but after you create & configure the GPO with your software details how does the machine actually pick the install up, do I need to write a batch file or something?


    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816102

  • #2
    Re: Software Distribution via GPO

    The install should be an MSI file -- either native to the application or something created with a program like WinstallLE (free, IIRC)
    You can also deploy something called a .ZAP file via GPO but really it is designed for MSIs
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: Software Distribution via GPO

      Iíve got an MSI file which I have edited the parameters on using Microsoft Orca. I now want to push it out to some Citrix servers

      I set a GPO up & configured it with the MSI location (unc path)

      The GPO is set on the OU which my test box is in

      Do I need to just sit & waait for the package to install or do I need some kinf of script when the server starts up to check the GPO I made?

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      • #4
        Re: Software Distribution via GPO

        A restart of the machine usually will do the trick, unless you assigned the package to users, rather than machines, in which case logging off/on usually does it.

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        • #5
          Re: Software Distribution via GPO

          Are you publishing or assigning it? (and in which GP section?)
          From experience, 2 reboots always do the trick, less may do so
          Tom Jones
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          PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
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          Ossian Ltd
          Scotland

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          • #6
            Re: Software Distribution via GPO

            Just restarted it now, is this like WSUS (Windows updates) which take a while to install?

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            • #7
              Re: Software Distribution via GPO

              The GPO is

              Computer Config> Software Settings> Software Instillation

              Deployment State: Assigned


              Just out of curiosity Iím I best doing an Assigned install or a published install?

              The app Iím installing is a customised version of WinZip which has a load of features locked down & removed.

              If I use GPO to install will I also have to use GPO to remove it?

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              • #8
                Re: Software Distribution via GPO

                Just out of curiosity Iím I best doing an Assigned install or a published install?
                I think it depends on your situation, here's a link explaining the differences:

                http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816102

                If I use GPO to install will I also have to use GPO to remove it?
                You can remove it using add/remove, but if the GPO is still in place, then it will be reinstalled upon a restart, the link above has more info on your options, (2 thrids the way down the page).

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                • #9
                  Re: Software Distribution via GPO

                  Guys,

                  Im still having no luck with this. I ran a gpresult on the server and the GPO I created is listed on the computer config so its being picked up by the server but so software isnt being installed.

                  Ive done x2 reboots and even left it over night.


                  I made another GPO using the Assigned method and put this in the Computer Config section of the GPO.

                  The path to the MSI is:

                  \\sh-nas2\SoftDist\orca\Orca.Msi

                  I am able to access the above share and run the installer from the target server fine.

                  Ive also created another GPO with a different MSI file and created this in the User configuration section with no luck what so ever.

                  Do I need to enable a setting somewhere for Software instillation?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Software Distribution via GPO


                    After pulling all my hair out I finally found this site:

                    http://www.tech-faq.com/deploying-so...up-policy.html

                    which goes through each step in detail.

                    The problem I had was I didnít have the "Domain Computers" & "Authenticated Users" AD security groups on the GPO's permissions. They need to be on there & set to Read Only.

                    I have Domain Computers & Authenticated Users on the AD OU where I put the GPO & also on the Software Instillation package I made

                    The GPResult threw me off course as it said that the GPO I mad e had been applied so I thought the permissions must be right.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Software Distribution via GPO

                      Well done, and thanks for reporting back

                      Rep++
                      Tom Jones
                      MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
                      PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
                      IT Trainer / Consultant
                      Ossian Ltd
                      Scotland

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                      • #12
                        Re: Software Distribution via GPO

                        Threes nothing worse than reading some one elseís post who had the exact same problem as you have and then the post just goes dead.

                        At this point I usually think "they've obviously fixed it then" which is so annoying.

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