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Posted on 2013-06-07
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If software is installed via group policy to PCs:-

1) if the policy is removed does the sofware get removed from the PCs, naturally I assume not
2) If a new server is installed and the policy isnt migrated to the new server does the software get removed (this I suppose is the same as question 1)
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by:pony10us
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Removing a policy does not revert what the policy set.  

For example if you use GPO to enable Proxy settings and then remove the policy the settings will remain. What you have to do is go into the policy and change it to disable the proxy settings instead.  

The same would be true about installing/uninstalling software.
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by:discoveranother
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Puzzled as to why when logging on as a user the software shows as installed, but when logging on as another user it doesn't. When I say this, I don't mean desktop profiles or redirection, I actually mean in the installed programs list !
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Possible scenario:

GPO in place to install a program under User and not computer

User A logs on and the GPO is enforced

GPO removed/disabled

User B logs on and the GPO does not apply



Assigning Software
You can assign a program distribution to users or computers. If you assign the program to a user, it is installed when the user logs on to the computer. When the user first runs the program, the installation is completed. If you assign the program to a computer, it is installed when the computer starts, and it is available to all users who log on to the computer. When a user first runs the program, the installation is completed.
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Very good point.
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Have checked GPO and it appears that the computers have the software assigned to them and not the user
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