Change location of group policy software installation packages

Posted on 2009-12-31
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I need to move all of our software packages for group-policy installation to a new server on the network.  So far, the only way I have found to do this is to create a new policy with identical settings to the existing one but pointing to the MSIs in the new location.  The problem with this is that it triggers a re-install of all the software.  This can take a long time for many machines are there are several packages to install.

How do I change the location of the MSIs without having to trigger re-installs of every piece of software we own?
Question by:I_play_with_DNA
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    See link to Florian's blog about changing the path

    Instead of creating a startup script, you can today use Group Policy Preferences if the Group Policy Preferences Extension has been installed on the client.
    Computer Configuration\Preferences\Windows Settings\Files
    Right-click -> New -> File and in the source field, enter the UNC-path for the location of the file that shall be pushed out to the clients.

    When relocating the MSI-packages, place them in a DFS-path to make it easier to move the distribution share in the future.

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