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How to deploy dotnet framework with GPO on windows 2000

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Hello,

I would like to automatically install net framework 2.0 on my workstations.  I have seen this article:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Win2000/Q_21361842.html?query=framework+group+policy&clearTAFilter=true

which contains a link to here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnnetdep/html/redistdeploy1_1.asp

I cannot do this, since I do not have SMS installed.

I found this article:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q323886&

and attempted to follow it.  my only problem seems to be at the step where you "expand default domain policy"- I do not have this- I have "local computer policy" and this is after I chose "group policy" from the snap in.

I am performing this on the domain controller.

I already have a group policy applied to some users- it controls the screen saver.  I wondered if I could just add another object-

In "Active Directory Users & Computers" >> "Workstation Users" (the name of the OU my users are attached to) >> Properties >> Group Policy

I have a screen saver policy there.
I added a new object, and then under "AutoInstallNet20" >> Computer Configuration >> Software Installation
I added a new package, browsed with UNC path to the "netfx.msi" file I created after extracting the files as per the third link (the one I found on my own).  The UNC path is visible to any computer/user who is logged into the network.

-- and as you might have guessed, it's not working.  I have waited long enough for the policy to refresh and I rebooted the server last night.  Still nothing.  

As I understand it, when a user logs in - the package would be pushed to the computer is not present.

Obviously, this is a little more advanced than I am used to.  I can follow instructions - but I did not get the expected result from the link I found on my own.  I am hoping I just missed something small.

Thanks for any help

Rob
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You added the package to "Computer Configuration" in the policy. That means the policy is processed by the Computer, not the User. You must place/link this policy on the OU where the Computer account is (workstation), not the User account. Then, the software will be installed when the computer is booted BEFORE the user logs in.

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I see (I think).

I will create a New OU, and move a test computer into it.  Then I will create the installation package in GP, for that OU (as I did above), refresh the sec policy - reboot the computer and the package should be installed? (assuming I understood you properly)
I will try this..

thanks
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Thank you- this seems to have done the trick.  Thanks for your help.  This is pretty cool.  
Rob
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