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How to use GPMC to install software in Windows 2003 server

I am trying to install Office 2003 using group policy, I am not having much success,  I followed MS Q314934 article, I tried to install to computers in an OU, but it's not working.  Questions:

1. Can I use MST file to replace the MSI file?
2. Do I have to enforce the policy?  It says no under enforce colum
3. Will there be any event shown in the event log once the GP install does start or attempt to start?
4. How do I troubleshoot if no installation takes place?

Thanks.
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daveyd123Commented:
1.  No, the mst file does not replace the msi file.  the mst is uses to make modifications to the msi

2.  You do not have to enforce the policy.  As long as it is enabled it will run.  Enforcing does not allow override.

3.  There will be events in the clients application log and you will see "Installing xxxx managed software" on the workstations when the policy is being applied.

4.  Some of the policies take a couple of reboots of the clients to take effect.  Make sure the users have at least Read rights to the software you are trying to push out
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daveyd123Commented:
Also,   you have to make sure the OU has the policy appled to it and the Computer accounts are in that respective OU.

If it doenst seem to be installing, log into a workstation and go to a command prompy at type in gpupdate /force
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PSCheng51Author Commented:
I need to make modification to the standard installation.  So I created the MST file.  Do I use the MST file as the package instead of the MSI file?
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daveyd123Commented:
No...When you configure a new package in Group Policy you direct it to the msi file.  When prompted for Deployment Method...choose Advanced.  Choose the Modifications Tab.  Choose Add.  Direct it to your .mst file  

The paths have to be in UNC format  \\servername\share\file.msi      \\servername\share\file.mst
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PSCheng51Author Commented:
I must be at the wrong place.  Once I entered the MSI file, it did not prompt for the Deployment Method.  The advanced tab provide other options.  no Deployment method.  Help
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daveyd123Commented:
Open GPMC.
Greate a new GPO.
Edit the newly created GPO
Go to Computer Configuration--->Software Settings and right Click Software Installation
Browse through My Network Places--->Entire Network--->Your Domain--->Your Server--->Shared Folder--->pro11.msi
Double click pro11.msi
Under "Select Deployment Method" Choose Advanced and click OK
Choose Modifications tab
Click add
Browse to your .mst file like above
Click OK

you're done




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PSCheng51Author Commented:
When I tried to browse for the pro11.msi file, the browser gets to the folder\\server\share\packages\office03 and it stops and does not show any individual files under office03 folder.  I have to type in pro11.msi.  Here is where I get lost.  I can not double click the file name.
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daveyd123Commented:
You did extract the entire contents of the CD into your Office03 folder correct?
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PSCheng51Author Commented:
Yes, I can see some files under the Office03 folder.  The rest are under office03\files folder.

I created the pro11.msi file with msiexec /a f:\pro11.msi command.  It puts most of the files on CD under office03\files folder.

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daveyd123Commented:
So you created an administrative image of Office I take it.

I also created an admin image.  I then copied all the files to a folder named Office_2003.  When I add a package and am asked for the msi file...heres what I get when I browse...  http://img61.echo.cx/img61/2199/office0qf.jpg
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PSCheng51Author Commented:
Are you browseing via explore or browsing within GPMC <default package location>?

When I browse via explore, I can see pro11.msi under package folder.  But if I browse with GPMC, I can only get to the folder.
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daveyd123Commented:
I am browsing when I add a package..  1st its thsi screen...  http://img218.echo.cx/img218/697/office19ke.jpg

After I clck New, I get http://img61.echo.cx/img61/2199/office0qf.jpg
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PSCheng51Author Commented:
I was in properties, not new/packages.

I made the modification and we'll see if it helps.

I tried the gpupdate /force and it says no gpupdate command found.
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daveyd123Commented:
Gpupdate will only work on an XP workstation.

Make sure the computer account is in the OU that you have the GPO linked to
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PSCheng51Author Commented:
OK.  I was on a win2k workstation.

Still no actives yet on the 3 test PCs.

Can you tell me how to deploy application patches via gpmc please?
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PSCheng51Author Commented:
OK, I was testing on a Win2000 workstation.

The GP is working when I reboot the workstation.  is there an option that I can select so that the install will happen at 3 am?

Can I install SPs in the same manor if they provide the MSI file?

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daveyd123Commented:
I am not sure how you would make it deploy at 3am.  Not unless you can write a script of some sort.  The computer policies will normally take affect when the computer reboots once or twice.

You can intergrate Office SP1 with Office then create an admin image of Office 2003 w/SP1.
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PSCheng51Author Commented:
I will look into the steps.  Thanks for the help.
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