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Group Policy - Software update / Deplyment

Hi,

Currently looking at deploying software through Group Policy.

I have downloaded a MSI for Foxit and would like to have it applied to a GP up update/install on other computers.

Will the user be always trying to install software/updates if they are in the GP or does it remove them? How does it work please on this front.

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Prasanna JayaramanCommented:
For to deploy an apllication through GP follow the steps

1.Start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in. To do this, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
2.In the console tree, right-click your domain, and then click Properties.
3.Click the Group Policy tab, click the policy that you want, and then click Edit.
4.Under User Configuration, expand Software Settings.
5.Right-click Software installation, point to New, and then click Package.
6.In the Open dialog box, type the full UNC path of the shared installer package that you want. For example, \\file server\share\file name.msi.





Important Do not use the Browse button to access the location. Make sure that you use the UNC path of the shared installer package.
7.Click Open.
8.Click Publish, and then click OK.
9.The package is listed in the right-pane of the Group Policy window.
10.Close the Group Policy snap-in, click OK, and then close the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.
11.Test the package.

Check the source that might help you http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816102#method4
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kola12Commented:
Software is installed (by GPO) only if it is not installed on PC to whitch policy is connected.
If software is already installed then no action is taken.
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Gareth_PointonAuthor Commented:
OK does this delay the login much then?
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kola12Commented:
it is depends on how big is software, how fast is your connection.
In typicaly LAN connection in my case office package is instaled in 2-3 minutes
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Gareth_PointonAuthor Commented:
OK and if there is already the software installed I take it there is not much delay.

Thanks
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Gareth_PointonAuthor Commented:
Also does the share have to be full access on the share or just Read?
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kola12Commented:
if software is already installed there is not any delay becouse there is not try to istall
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kola12Commented:
read only
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Gareth_PointonAuthor Commented:
Sorry to come back but the software is not deploying.
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kola12Commented:
First read this:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816102#method4


Check out what option you chose:

  - 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.
   
 - Publishing Software
    You can publish a program distribution to users. When the user logs on to the computer, the published program is displayed in the Add or Remove Programs dialog box, and it can be installed from there.

From any PC check can you access share from whitch software is deployed
After completed GPO run gpupdate /force on PC and restart it.
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Gareth_PointonAuthor Commented:
Great Sorted. Thanks
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