MSI Install Through Group Policy using DFS Share

Posted on 2009-02-09
Last Modified: 2013-12-12

I am currently in the process of testing software distribution via Group Policy using DFS shares.  We have domain controllers across the country over a WAN link all under one domain.  My plan is to create a DFS root at our main office and add these domain controllers as targets to this root so that the software package replicates to these regional sites via their local domain controller.  My question is, is there a separate setting in Group Policy to ensure that the users will get this MSI package from their local domain controllers, or is Group Policy intuitive enough that it will install the software on the client from the DC it got it's policy from.  I hope my question is clear.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.  
Question by:Techop09
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    We install this way as well, When you deploy the software just point to the dfs share and it will install from the nearest.
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    Thank you so much.  Much appreciated.
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    by:Vadim Rapp
    Just as a comment, it's not really group policy that is smart enough to get the files from the closest place, but more generally, Windows network itself. It does not matter whether it's the installation requested by winlogon.exe (the program that processes group policy), or myfile.doc requested by winword.exe - the process of selecting the DFS target to use is the same, taking into account cost and trust. This FAQ has useful information under "DFS Site Discovery and Target Selection":

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