Need help to push .msi software across AD network

Posted on 2007-10-17
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have an update of an accounting software package that I need to install on thirty machines in our Server 2003 AD network.  The software company told me to use the .msi file on the CD.  I know how to make an OU with the machines that will receive the package, but I'm not sure if I need to copy just the .msi file to the server or the whole CD?  The .msi file is only 3MB in size.  If someone could give me some step by step instructions on how to do this, you will save me from having to buy a new pair of shoes that I will wear out if I have to do the install manually.  All users have full control rights to the server, so there won't be any permission issues.
Question by:257Roberts
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    It is likely that you will have to copy the entire contents to the software distrubition point (or what I normally call a share). When an application is small the whole lot can usially be encaptulated in the MSI file, but for larger installs other support files are created. When tou delpoy the shoftware you need only point to the MSI file to initiate the install.

    See for details of how to create the GPO


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    I think I will have to copy the entire contents of the software to the server, but do I need to copy it to the actual server that I have active directory on, or could I just copy the contents to a shared member server.  Thanks

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