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How to install software using Active Directory???

I need install Macromedia player on 10 computers  No specific users log onto those Computers. I want to get step by step instructions on how to install this software utilizing my network.  I heard there is a way to push out software utilizing Active Directory.  In active directory all my user are listed under USER.  There are no other Containers.  Please help me out.



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rutten-dCommented:
a step-by-step guide is not practical since you have to make some choices on how to deploy this software.

First you need to create a new OU and put your users or computers in it you want to receive this software , since the Computers container and Users container can't be linked to a GPO , this is by design.

Next , you need to decide if you want the installation of the software to be voluntary (manually started) or assigned (automatic).

Also , you need to have an .MSI-file containing the macromedia player. If you have an executable to install the player , you will have to compile an MSI with , for example , Wise Studio.

Check out this page for info on deploying software using Active Directory:
http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/d3d52f5d-45ab-4be9-a040-28ffe09bc8f81033.mspx?mfr=true

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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi shirwaziri,

about as step by step as you can get is this guide
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Group-Policy-Deploy-Applications.html

here is another free example of a package to create MSI packages
http://www.advancedinstaller.com/

just to add to the above comments
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rutten-dCommented:
JayJay,

thanks for the link to adv.installer , didn't know that one yet.....


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Jay_Jay70Commented:
no problem :)
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shirwaziriAuthor Commented:
We have some computers here designated for this software that I want to distribute.  from Time to time, I will need to push out software only to these 10 computers.  

My question:

Should I create a group with in Computers, so that I can push out an .MSI file only to those ten computers.  
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
yes, or even better, i would create a new OU and add the users to that myself
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rutten-dCommented:
what if a computer needs two or more applications?

I think 1 OU with multiple policies is better and filter them using security groups.....
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
depends how comfortable the user is with security filtering..... if needed he can just add multiple appz in one policy and just on app in another
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