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Ways to push software installations?

Posted on 2008-06-11
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Im looking for ways to push software to my 350 users.  I have an SMS server setup, but dont have the ability to create packages.  I can create GPO's and point them to the software install.  I need to install Project 2003, Visio 2003 and Ultra-Edit v14.  The 2 MS are already MSI packages and should work through GPO, UE has a reg file that needs to be imported after install I'm not sure how to do that through GPO without creating a new installation package?

What software (open source?) is available to create installer packages?  What other options are there to push software installs to a Windows XP / 2003 network?
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You can use Kixtart to push out registry changes and additions.

www.kixtart.org
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For instance.

Enable logon script for all users, a batch file that runs the kixtart script.
Create a kixtart script that only runs if the user or computer is in a certain group.

Voila. Registry entry installed.


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I used KIXstart in a previous life from scratch, and got on with it pretty well.  

other good resources:
http://helpdesk.kixtart.org/
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/kixtartstart.html
http://www.scriptlogic.com/Kixtart

Kixstart can shell out and call other batch or cmd files, and you can use PSEXEC to remotely execute reg files on other pcs.  I found it more reliable to have copied the reg file to the destination pc first (and then delete it once applied).

hth, Danny
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by:Jason Watkins
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Hello,

.zap files can be used to push out non-msi installers through GPO.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/231747
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I know I could add another logon script to the users accounts.  But wouldnt that have to be done to each account individually?
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No, you would add the logon script to a group policy.
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