Unable to publish software using group policies in Windows 2003 server.

I have a Wndows 2003 Server (DC) utilizing Active Directory with many Windows XP Pro clients.  I would like to be able to deploy applications to my users laptops and desktop pc's using group policies.  I attempted to accomplish this by creating a new OU called Safenet and then create a new Group Policy to apply to that OU.  For the sake of this questions we will call the Group Policy "Laptop Security".  I then edited the policy by creating a new package under User Configuration\Software Settings\Software Installation.  For the sake of this questions we can use the Officed 2003 MSI file as an example.  I published the PRO.MSI file from a network share given the appropriate permission to my users.  I waited a day, ran GPUPDATE /FORCE and edited 2 local policies on a workstation (Group policy refresh interval and Turn off background refresh policy) in an attempt to speed up the process.  The software still is not available in the Add/Remove Programs area of the control panel.  I have also followed all of the microsft instructions ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816102/en-us ) to attempt to make this work.  Any assistance with this will be greatly appreciatred.  Please let me know if additional information is needed.
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mcsweenConnect With a Mentor Sr. Network AdministratorCommented:
I suggest ASSIGNING the application to the COMPUTER and not to the user when deploying large apps like MS Office.

Log on as one of the users that is supposed to have this published and run "rsop.msc"  RC the User Config portion and see if there are any errors.  Also look under software installation and see if the package is showing.  This will at least tell you if the GPO is reaching the computers.  Please let me know what you find and we can go from there.
is the user having sufficient rights on local machine to install the software?
I would agree with MCSWEEN, there is a diffrence in using the computer (local machine) and the user. You can give the computer access rights and anyone who logs in will have the software.
Forced accept.

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