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I am trying to rollout Outlook 2003 via Group Policy.  I have that working but I was wondering how I could log the results.  Say I assign it to one OU that has 15 workstations in it.  How would I know that it successfully installed on all 15 workstations without going to each one?
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by:warwickinc
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That would tell me what policies are actually getting down to the workstation but how would I know that the actual application successfully installed.  For instance, I had the group policy applied to one OU with one workstation in it to test.  I applied the policy and rebooted the machine.  As it was coming back up, I saw that is was installing the apply as designed.  Then when I logged into that machine, I found that the old version was still there.  I looked in the event log to find there was a rights issue on the administrative share of Outlook2003.  That was easy enough to fix because that PC was in my office.  Say I have 20 workstations on a rollout.  Would there be some place to verify that without going to each PC?
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Plus some of the workstations are Windows 2000 which does not support RSoP.
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by:luv2smile
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If you do a RSOP and look under software settings- software installations then it will show you the installed applications for the comptuer you specify. It will show you information including the deployment state.

Also, you can use the RSOP tool to get data from a 2000 workstation. The RSOP just has to be installed on a 2003/xp comptuer...but you can connect to a 2000 comptuer.
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by:warwickinc
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This came from MS Website?  You are saying there is a way around it...that last cause.
The selected computer currently does not have RSoP logging enabled. Do you want to continue?

Cause:  The client is trying to poll a computer that does not have the "Turn off Resultant Set of Policy logging" policy setting disabled.

Solution:  Disable the "Turn off Resultant Set of Policy logging" policy setting.

The RSoP snap-in was unable to enumerate the users on the selected computer due to the error listed below.

Cause:  The RSoP tool cannot enumerate a list of users on a specific domain controller, usually because the client user does not have Read permissions for that domain controller.

Solution:  Try a different domain controller, or get Read permissions for the user.

The selected computer does not support RSoP logging. RSoP logging support is available in operating system releases after Windows 2000.

Cause:  The client is trying to poll a computer with Windows 2000, and Windows 2000 does not support RSoP logging.

Solution:  Poll a different computer, or update the computer to Windows XP Professional.
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by:luv2smile
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Ah. I apologize then...I was sure I had read somewhere that you could connect to a 2000 computer. I'm sorry...
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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Is your requirement to check whether new application installed or not ? If yes then it can be done using a script running through Group Policy and then checking the log..some registry settings will be used to identify the new application.

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You could do one thing....Connect Remote Registry to one system and check the registry created by new application.

Let me know.

Thanks

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That is my requirement.  I am currently using a login script to check for a unique file and writing the results to a log file but would be interested in how to check a registry setting.  I thought there might be a function within Group Policy to let me know the result of an installation but apparently there is not.
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