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How to push a exe file out to clients through group policy in Windows server 2003
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Here is a guide to deploying applications via Group Policy:

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Group-Policy-Deploy-Applications.html
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Natively AD can not push out an EXE file through group policy. The limitations on software pushes are limited to MSI files. Depending on what the product is you may be able to run the exe via a batch script or launch the exe at user login.
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You can publish EXE files, you cant assign them though. The question was broad enough to warrant a broad answer.
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If you publish an exe file do the users need to be admin to install it? I know that is one of the big benefits of pushing an msi file is that you can send it to least privelege users. I am not too familiar with the permissions etc needed for publshed apps.
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That is correct. If you "Publish" an EXE file (or any non MSI file) your users will have to have the appriate permissions to run it. That is the benefit of using MSI files, they can elevate their own permissions and installs on non-admin accounts.

You can however convert EXE files to MSI files, but there is a bit of leg work involved.

Here is a link to a related EE thread on converting EXE files to MSI files:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/Q_20919964.html
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Looks like dfxdeimos and I are the only answerers im cool with a split.
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