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I have a WIndows 2000 domain with both Windows XP and Windows 2000 Clients

I need to deploy a font to all users of this domain from a central location.

I believe the best way to do this would be with a script and using group policy - however I have no experience writing scripts - can anyone help?

WOuld the script be the same regardless of what OS I was delpoying to  - i.e is the font location the same...
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by:jhautani
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Take a look at this PAQ about using GPO to deploy fonts:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Windows_Server_2003/Q_21089219.html
and here is how to install font from a batch file:
http://www.winntmag.com/Article/ArticleID/15167/15167.html

hope this helps
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by:mistaking
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I am usingf the following batch file - which seems to work although it seems too simple:

@ECHO OFF

copy \\Server1\fonts\*.ttf c:\%systemdrive%\fonts\

The thing is it dosent work on my test Windows XP machine uless i change %systemdrive% to WINDOWS (it then works perfectly)...

Anyone know why - i need to use a variable as some machines are W2K with \WINNT as the windows folder and some are XP with \WINDOWS as the windows folder
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Use %systemroot% variable. It parses to whatever your windows folder is named eg. 'c:\windows' or 'c:\winnt', including drive letter.
Your command would then be:
copy \\Server1\fonts\*.ttf %systemroot%\fonts\


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by:csho
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Maybe a naive question, but using the copy the font to the font directory method, would it matter if 100 people are copying the same centrally located file at once?
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