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Execute batch scripts using Group Policy Software Push

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I am using GP to push an msi through Active Directory 2003 to our XP users.  This works great, however, I would like to execute a .bat script both before and after the installation.  Is this possible?
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Nope. Software Installation via GP only understands an MSI or a ZAP file. You would need to roll up a custom MSI that included the functionality that you wanted to include in the batch file, or else start looking at add-on products for software installation that have additional functionality.
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Well that's disappointing.  Do you have any suggestions for custom MSI builders? (ideally, free ones)
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I'm not aware of any free ones, no. A free version of WinInstall LE used to ship on the Windows Server media, but that hasn't been the case in years. Check out on SourceForge, you might find something worthwhile.
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