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Loading Software/Patches automatically

Hey People,

I have a Win2000 server environment with most clients on winXP the odd win2000.  I have just recently installed Exchange 2003 and want to update the clients to Outlook 2003 (they are on outlook 200 currently).  I want to know if it is possible to load the outlook client automatically on login if so has someone got a link on the steps required.  Also is it possible to load the latest MS critical patches automatically.  I do have most clients checking automatically but I want to make sure that they are all on the latest with out having to go around every PC to do it.

We are spread over four offices with an average of 35 people per office.

Thanks in advance

Andrew
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi AndrewSBM,

depending on the way the upgrade is configured... you could use a software policy in GPO.. i was playing with this the other day and it even has an upgrade option for upgrade packages...

2003 doco but the same steps
http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/w2k3/gp/group_policy_software.htm

if thats the route you decide to go let me know and ill help where i can

Cheers!
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gaffieCommented:
This page http://cydome.com/wiki/Software_Distribution gives some explanation on the different types of automatic software installation. My choice would be MSI because you're dealing with microsoft software.

As for updates i would use WSUS (Windows Server Update Service) which deploys all updates from a single server on the network to all clients. Beacause the server downloads all the updates and distributes them bandwidth on your internetconnection is saved and clients just update really fast (over your local network). Considering the fact you have 4 different locations (possibly connected on a small network connection) you would need 4 wsus servers. In that case i would just create a group policy which forces everything: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/mangxpsp2/mngaups.mspx


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