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Hello. I need help. I don't know where to start, I want my network to install retrospect client on the machines in a particular ou the next time they start. Is this done through gpo with .msi files.....? I know nothing about this but want to learn how!!!! I'll thread out as many max point sub questions as are required until it works. I'm pretty noob on this stuff though. I'm trying to read up on it (microsoft press) but the books are too much to remember. step by step if you know what i mean. pretend you are explaining it to a doorknob.
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by:Adam Graham
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Hi,

Hopefully this article should clear it up for you.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302430

Any problem/questions let us know.

Adam
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by:crazystoo
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so the gpo part is solid. that part that i don't understand is about the .msi do i have to create one? does retrospect come with one. what about the software itself do i need to copy the contents of the disk onto the machine? do i need to modify the .msi at all for a basic network?

 "You are prompted for the path of the Windows Installer file (.msi) for this package. View the network location that contains the Windows Installer file, click the file, and then click Open."
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Most application now come with .msi to facilitate network deployment. Search the cd it comes on for *.msi to see if it has one.

The entire contents of the disk should be copied to the network share, then the gpo for software install points to the .msi fle.

If the software doesnt natively come with an msi file you can create one, the following article will explain how. You will have to sign up to be able to read it, but don't worry registration is free and quick!

http://searchwindowsserver.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid68_gci1175396,00.html

Let us know how you get on.

Adam
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that will do fine.
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