Software Deployment Urgent !!!

Posted on 2004-11-23
Last Modified: 2010-04-14

Hi all,

I am using windows 2000 server SP4,

I have 400 users among them some of using windows 2000 Pro, and some using Windows XP.

 I have 1 Oragnizational Unit in Active directory, in single OU i have 400 users,
 My question :

 1) Now i want to deploy a Windows XP Service Pack 2 for all XP users.
    Here i can use group Policy to deploy XP SP2,  but i have 400 users, i dont want to deploy to all at a time because the network down or bandwidth problems.

 On this OU i have some policies already applied (like Mydocuments redirection), if i move any users to any other new OU from the original OU , users folders might disappeared.

 Can i set time to deploy S/W on group of users instead all users in group policies.

Its very urgent for me.

Thanks in advance
Question by:javeed_ccna
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    Accepted Solution

    Instead of deploying it with Active Directory, consider using Software Update Services Instead.

    You shouldn't apply the SP update to USERS but instead to computers.  Create a new Computers OU, then assign the SP to the OU.  On next reboot, the Service Pack will be installed.  If you want to control this deployment - as I HIGHLY recommend - you should create a sub OU in the new computers OU for SP2 and move batches of machines into it.  This way, you're not flooding the network OR your helpdesk - SP2 seems to cause a lot of machines a lot of problems (10% be my guess).

    Here's how I would set it up (OU names):


    Once all machines have SP2, you can put the policy on the XP OU and move all the computers from SP2 back to XP.  (Unless explicitly blocked, all sub OUs inherit the policies of parent OUs)

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    Thanks Leew


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