Software installations deployment changing server
Posted on 2007-07-19
We are currently in the process of changing the location of some administrative installation from one server to another (for exemple Microsoft Office). These software installtion are being installed through group policies and all working fine. Now, the installation files have all been copied to our new server and the shares and files permission are all good. So, from there I used the "migration table editor" (mtedit.exe) that comes with gpmc. I did a backup of my policy from the gpmc console and then launch the mtedit.exe tool. I then made the change for the new unc path, pointing to my new share on my new server. I then did an import settings on my policy from the gpmc console and used my new migration table, everything went fine.
Now for the real question. When I did a gpupdate /force on my test pc, the software that was previously installed from the old share on the old server, got uninstalled then reinstalled completely. Why is that ?
Since my 2 servers are on the same domain, and that the gpo didnt change (only the software's unc did changed), then why did it got uninstalled and reinstalled ? Also note that the option "Uninstall this application when it falls out of the scope of management" has been checked from the very beginning in the gpo.
If that is way for it to works, then is there a way to change software distribution from one server to another without having my software uninstalled / reinstalled ?
All change made in the gpo were made through Windows server 2003 enterprise sp2. First server is running Windows adv. server 2000 sp4 and the new one is the Windows 2003 enterprise sp2.
Hope I described my problem well enough for you to help me. If not, then I'll send more info.