Solved

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

Posted on 2007-11-20
2
1,146 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
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
0
Comment
Question by:LeighWardle
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
2 Comments
 
LVL 74

Expert Comment

by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
ID: 20326553
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.

Jeff
TechSoEasy
0
 
LVL 74

Accepted Solution

by:
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 500 total points
ID: 20326562
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.

Jeff
TechSoEasy
0

Featured Post

What Is Transaction Monitoring and who needs it?

Synthetic Transaction Monitoring that you need for the day to day, which ensures your business website keeps running optimally, and that there is no downtime to impact your customer experience.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The SBS 2011 release date (RTM) is supposed to be around Christmas, 2011.  This article is a compilation of my notes -- things I have learned first hand.  The items are in a rather random order, but I think this list covers most of what is new and d…
A quick step-by-step overview of installing and configuring Carbonite Server Backup.
If you're a developer or IT admin, you’re probably tasked with managing multiple websites, servers, applications, and levels of security on a daily basis. While this can be extremely time consuming, it can also be frustrating when systems aren't wor…
If you’ve ever visited a web page and noticed a cool font that you really liked the look of, but couldn’t figure out which font it was so that you could use it for your own work, then this video is for you! In this Micro Tutorial, you'll learn yo…

719 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question