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Group Policy Software Install

Posted on 2011-03-18
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I was wondering if there was a software that would allow a user to specify the installation account when deploying through Group Policy in Server 2003.  I also need to be able to make changes to the install package to specify server IP and certain internet settings on the install package.  Does anyone know of a software like this?
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by:Joseph Moody
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Software is installed by system when deployed in group policy. You could do a startup/login script that does a runas.

Most likely, the server IP/settings are stored in the registry or a local .ini file. You can deploy those settings with Group Policy preferences.
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by:Felix Leven
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As Jmoody10 mentioned: software istalled by a GPO ist deployed before user login in the context of the system account.

There are Packaging tools like WISE Setup, that can repackage and customize installations of software.

Example: Convert EXE installer to MSI for example:
-First you need a clean windows system (thats what i prefer) only the most critical software installed( drivers, service packs)
-install wise -> start the capture
-install the exe file
-carefully read all the registry file diffs found by the software
-make changes to shortcuts, ini files, whatever
-repack the app as msi file

A must read is www.appdeploy.com covering all aspects of software automation, packaging and deploying it to the end user.
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by:MHCIT
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The problem is the software is a two part software, the first part puts the installer on the system, then someone has to log on as a user with local admin rights to run the second part to set up the connection to server and add info to trusted sites in IE.  We have approximately 300 pc's that this needs to go on, and with only 2 administrators, it could take a couple of weeks to do.  I know I have seen software somewhere that this can all be set up in the msi file to use as the push, but I can't remember what it is.  I have tried advanced installer, but the options I'm looking for aren't offered in it.
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by:Felix Leven
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wise can do it, but not cheap and you need to work with ist some time.

if the first installer ist msi?

Deploy msi over gpo, then check with a loginscritp if the FIRST MSI installer ist allready deployed -> if it's deployed, check if the second installer deployed already -> if install complete -> quit logonscrip

else

install the second of the installer with the RUNAS command and whatever user you like use for the installation -> quit logonscrip
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by:MHCIT
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The package is an exe file, then after the first push, it creates another exe file that has to run to finish set up.
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by:Felix Leven
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then do a logonscript and run both part in it

check if second exe exists - if not runsas first exe from networkshare else runas second exe from local hdd -> if bost parts are installe do nothing and exit script
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Is it just adding info to trusted sites in IE ? If you would have an Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller available in your network there would be a Group Policy available under User Configuration/Windows Settings/Internet Explorer Maintenance/Security where you could just add info to trusted sites in IE . But that is only available if there is at least one 2008 DC available.

Otherwise I would use the IE Administrative Kit (IEAK) which is available as download from Microsoft to add these settings.

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This is the Link to IEAK : technet.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/bb219541
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