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Hi Guys,

Need help.

We have Windows 2003 domain with 40 desktops in the local office and then we have 15 remote sites, each remote site has 5 pc's that also log on to the domain.  all sites have site to site vpn's.

All pc's are on domain.

Users do NOT have local admin rights.

I urgently need to somehow deploy do net 4 to all pc's.

We have already set a gpo to all pc's so windows updates are installed over the web every evening, but this does not do dot net 4.

Can anyone please assist.  
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by:rdudek101
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Using active directory you can specify software packages to be installed for all users.  You just need to download the dot net framework installer (usually .msi file), on domain controller go into active directory and under software there is an option to have that package installed as soon as the client system reboots.

This sounds like a question from the MCSE certification exam =]
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by:roger_patel
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Thanks mate,

Few questions.
None of my pc's have any local admin rights?  i thought the above applys only if the end user has local admin rights.

Also the pc's located at variuos sites are on standard slow, old adsl connections (1mb / 256) transfering a 40mb msi file over the vpn would gring the pc's to a hault, well at least i think it would
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They won't need local admin rights because it's not the users that will be installing, it's the "computer object" that will be.

On a slow line, there is not a whole lot you can do.  You could offload most of this traffic during off-peak hours.  

Or you could setup an admin account on each system and remote individually each system to install the update.  Unfortunately that kills the whole point of letting the server do the work for you =]
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by:roger_patel
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Hi Mate,

Can you please confirm if you have ever rolled out .Net Framework 4 MSI via GPO as you suggested.  

I only ask as many people are saying that it can not be done via MSI / GPO anymore ?

here are examples
https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/568064/cannot-deploy-net-framework-4-msi-via-gpo

If so, how about the web installer via gpo with not local admin rights, do you think this would work as it will solve my vpn / bandwith issue.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=17851
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In my company, we did v3 and 3.5 with sp1 and it worked without a problem.  We did the whole package, not the web installer. We never did 4 because of security concerns and since the software we use does not require it, company policy stated not to install anything that was not required.

I don't think you'll be able to do a web installer unless you enable admin rights to an account on each system so when that account logs in, it will launch the web installer and update the system.

With what I was suggesting, you roll the update package update via GPO.  The full package will install before users even see the user-access screen.  If you, do the web installer, you'll have to remotely log into every single system with the admin account and then it will auto deploy the web installer.

I know you're trying to preserve the bandwidth, you could deploy one location at a time using GPO provided the DC is not a mess =]
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thanks

had to do a manual install in the end,
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