How do I load software without going to each workstation

Posted on 2004-11-04
Last Modified: 2010-04-10
There is a program that we use to limit Internet usage called Browse Control.  For this program to work the server side has to be running as well as the client side.  The server side is taken care of & there are a handful of clients that have the program on their desktops.  What I need is a way to push a 10MB program out to the desktops and automatically install.  I know there is SMS but no budget to purchase.  Can you guys recommend a less expensive third party software?
Question by:mentisgroup
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    Are you running Active Directory?
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    This is easy if you can use a logon script.

    In the script just copy the setup from a shared network drive to the local client, then have the script initial the install...the install may even have "silent install" switches and the user would never know it was installed.
    Otherwise, you could make an .msi package out of the client and that will support a silent install as well.
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    If you're using Active Directory, you can Publish software to users, allowing users to selectively install software, or you can Assign software to users or computers.  If software is assigned to a computer it installs as soon as it boots into windows.  If it is assigned to the user, it will install as soon as the user logs onto the computer.
    The following link describes assigning software in 2000.;en-us;314934
    This link describes assigning software in 2003.;en-us;816102
    This link describes how to assign software to a group.;en-us;302430

    Hope this helps.
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    silent install would only work if the users were at least local power users, at most local administrators.

    Windows 2000 and 2003 can install software through the group policy using elevated priviledges as wjc7662 describes.

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