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AD Group Policy software restrictions but need to install software in user profile

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I had a question come up from a technician here that is having a problem with some installations that he needs to install remotely.  We have an AD in place where the Group Policy is set to software installation restricted.  What he has been doing is creating an OU without that restriction and moving the users effected to that "temp" OU then install while logged in as them.  He told me this software needs to be loaded while in the user profile in order to work within their account.  It is time consuming and disruptive since we are using VNC to remote log in to these places across the state.  Is there anyway to install software at the user level, while logged in remotely as the user, install, without going the route of getting into the server, and moving users into a different OU?

Thanks for any help.
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by:MHMAdmins
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he can login while they are on and shift+right click the executable and run as other user or as administrator and do the install without all that other mess.
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He said that he tried that and it still didn't work...
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by:Sandeshdubey
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You need to first verify are the policy of s/w restriction still applied on client compter.Is this policy userbased or computer.If it is computer based then this will not work as still machine as s/w restriction policy applied moving the user to temp ou will not work.

Yo deploy s/w you can refer this GPO:http://www.advancedinstaller.com/user-guide/tutorial-gpo.html
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McKnife earned 250 total points
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Has to be user based, Sandeshdubey, otherwise his move would not succeed - but it does.
netcepter, you could only deny the "apply group policy" entry in the ACL of the group policy for that very user and do a gpupdate.

But that's not much better. Please give some more info on the following:
-are your users admins or why can they install software unless restricted?
-why is there software in use that can only run under your account when installed by you? Ask the manufacturer about that crappy behavior. He should be able to avoid it
-what particular setting is being used for restriction?
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I am so sorry for being late on this.  I have started a new job, and when asking this question, I tried to get a quick solution as I thought that it was a priority.  However, my boss is great and gave me time to learn the system.  I am splitting the reward points as you were both right in the questions you asked and GP.   The solution is Additional path rules.  I set up a directory on the server to allow certain executables run for the help desk dept when they are VNC'd to different computers.   The software needed were small programs that helped the desktop team solve issue.  In this case, they wanted to install PFBackup.exe on machines to backup certain users Outlook Email.  I placed the .exe in the additional rule directory and it worked like a charm for the help desk people.   Again sorry for the tardiness.  I am not usually late.  And actually help out with Access questions, etc.   BUT its a new job!   lol...

Thanks again!
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by:get-ADuser -F ($_.Name -eq "Todd")
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Additional Path Rule in Group Policy did the trick
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