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Has anyone delivered Galmod via group policy? Unfortuately our MSI version does not install properly

Has anyone delivered Galmod via group policy?  Unfortuately our MSI version does not install properly.  It appears in add remove programs but the directory will not create and there is no shortcut on the desktop.  A manual user install using the same payload seems to work fine however.

We have used the free version of "Advanced Installer" to create the MSI package.  And we have tried our best to remove any steps that would require user interaction.  Any idea's?  Event log suggests all went well.
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Netman66Commented:
There is likely a switch to use for msiexec.  Try ALLUSERS=1 as a parameter.
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lukeglazebrookAuthor Commented:
At the risk of making myself look silly (which I often do).  Could you please explain how/where I enter this parameter mate.
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Netman66Commented:
There are no silly questions!  

Before you test the theory below - try to Assign the software to the Computer rather than Publish it to the User.  This will allow the install to be machine-centric and likely solve the issue.

However, if you need to Publish it to the User, then try below:

When you setup the package, there should be a Parameter field (sorry, I'm not in front of something I can reference - so I'm attempting to use my somewhat senile mind!) where you can enter in switches, etc.

How you might install this with a command line is like so:

msiexec /i c:\installs\mymsi.msi ALLUSERS=1  (if it's windows 7 this can be set to 2)

So, basically, you want to add the parameter of ALLUSERS=1 (or 2 for Win 7) to the installation.

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lukeglazebrookAuthor Commented:
Unfortuately I appear to get the same behavior in either Published or Assigned mode

(whats the difference between the two by the way, just out of curiousity?)

The package appears in add remove programs but no file structure is created and no shortcut is placed on the desktop.  Are you proposing I edit the MSI file with somthing like ORCA and amend the "ALLUSERS= " part mate?

Or is there a way I can enter the varible into the group policey object?  screenshot
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Netman66Commented:
The difference is that Published apps show up in Add/Remove and allow the user the choice to install it.

Assigned apps force the application down.

You are Assigning it to the User - remove that package and recreate the Assignment above under Computer Configuration.

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lukeglazebrookAuthor Commented:
I think this has to be a user configuration mate, I tried creating a "Computer configuration" however this time it simply does nothing period.  Where as before it will at least appear in "add remove programs"

Where exactly would I enter the switch you suggested?
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Netman66Commented:
A standard MSI should be deployable to the Computer - make sure this GPO is linked to an OU (not the default Computers container) where the workstations are.  You can create an OU inside Computers and move all of them into it.  Do not apply it to the domain or it will install on your servers.

Assign it (I don't think you have any other choice if set on the Computer Config) and make sure the share where the MSI is stored is setup for Authenticated  Users - at minimum Read and Execute.
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lukeglazebrookAuthor Commented:
Spot on edited with orca or similar
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