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Hi! I want to add software to deploy to computers added to the SBS domain.

(new installation)
When I attach computers from the SBS I got a list of software who are available to deploy. I want to add acrobat, antivirus, firewall, office, our own software. Later on I also want updates to those programs being installed.

Difference GPOs have difference software. That's OK but where is the right place to add / change this programlist? Do I need to do anything special with the software to be deployed? (For Office I did a /a installation and done a MST file)
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> where is the right place to add / change this programlist

Under Server Management - Client Computers
Assign Applications to Client Computers  (Set UP Client Applications part)
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You can only deploy .msi files through the "Assign Applications to Client Computers".  So if your program installation files aren't in .msi format you will have to create them with a 3rd party tool such as this one:  http://www.advancedinstaller.com/

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OK! There it is! So handy :-).
Are there any requirements for the applications being added there? I've understand that they must be a MSI packets. How does it works for example Acrobat (.EXE) and Office Service Packs (.EXE)? For example..
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Aha.. http://www.advancedinstaller.com/features.html. This program are making MSI's of any installation?
No mather if it's Symantec Antivirus or an Office Service Pack (yes which somewhere and somehow I can make MSI of it with msiexec).
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You don't want to add Office Service Packs... instead deploy WSUS which will take care of this and other MS Updates automatically.  (http://sbsurl.com/wsus)

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Also Symantec Antivirus should be deployed through it's own deployment model... not through the assign applications.  If you don't have the SBS version of Symantec Antivirus, you need to get that version.

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Lastly... what FIREWALL?  The Windows Firewall will be configured automatically by group policy.  If you have SBS Premium with ISA Server, it deploys the client automatically as well.

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Hi Tech! Is there a special SBS-model for Symantec? I will check that.

The firewall is Symantec Client Security, an enterprise version. We have a reason Not to use ISA, which means we Can't use it. Sad but true. There may come some solution on that later. I will check WSUS. The SBS server has only one NIC and the whole network itself is protected through a hardware firewall.
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Well if it's Symantec, again the server version of Symantec AV will deploy the clients, you wouldn't do this through SBS' "Assign Cleint Software" feature.

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Hi Tech! Thank's. I thought you mean a special SBS-developed Symantec AV, but of course not! This task is done. Also AdvancedInstaller (Except that error I wroted about in a new question) and WSUS. What a nice software! The version i'm using now is Beta 1 of the WSUS (the old server). A lot has happened since then :-).
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