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Best way to push Firefox MSI client software to workstations from SBS 2003

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Hi Experts,

Our Server is running SBS 2003 R2.
We have about 50 workstations running Windows XP SP2.
All workstations have already joined the domain and I do not wish to rejoin them.

The workstations already have Firefox 2.0.0.6 installed, but we would like to develop an automatic mechanism for updating each client (the users cannot do this when running Firefox without admin rights).

I am using a Firefox .msi file from http://www.frontmotion.com/Firefox/

I have tried using SBS's wizards via Server Management | Client Computer | Assign Applications to this Computer - this runs for me without any error message.

But nothing gets installed when I log in to the test client PC.
I have tried running the .msi file explicitly (using the path \\server\ClientApps\FirefoxMSI\Firefox-2.0.0.9-en-GB.msi).  
The installer starts up, but eventually reports that admin rights are needed.

Regards,
Leigh
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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If you're going to deploy Firefox you should first be aware that if you do so, you need to be sure you can also manage and patch it to avoid any productivity loss or security risks.  Firefox is also does not integrate very well with SharePoint/Companyweb.

On your test client PC, are you logging in with a domain user account that's a member of the PC's local administrators group?  

"All workstations have already joined the domain and I do not wish to rejoin them"

As I mentioned in your last question, if you didn't join them using ConnectComputer, this is not the only issue you will run into.  See http://sbsurl.com/connect for all the things that this process accomplishes.

Then, if you are going to deploy Firefox, go to http://www.greghughes.net/rant/FirefoxMSIInstallersAndADMFilesForGroupPolicy.aspx  where you'll find both instructions for deploying it via GPO as well as a link to download the Group Policy .adm files in order to manage the application properly.

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Actually, I just looked at FrontMotion's site and see that they too have instructions on how to deploy this.  Follow their steps instead of using the SBS Application deployment method, because your workstations apparently aren't calling for the assigned installation packages due to not joining them to the domain correctly.

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