Deploying .MSI file (silent install) to computers in OU


I'm using Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controller with DFL/FFL still on Windows Server 2003, I want to deploy a remote software agent to every computer in my company per OU.

The Workstations OS are Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

The file is in .MSI file format (packaged already for silently install), so how can I install it to the computers without causing user confusion or user interactions ?

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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAsked:
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Mark GalvinManaging Director / Principal ConsultantCommented:

MS has an article for this

Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
You need to ASSIGN software to OU with computer accounts. Restart is required to complete software installation.

If you want to control/test software deployment, you can use Security Filtering in GPO.

If you need further instructions, check this article:

How to assign software to a specific group by using Group Policy
Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
ok, so in this case it has to be .MSI file extension ?
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
For GPO deployment it has to be .msi.
Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
ok, so once the application is installed in the client computer, what shall I do with the GPO ?

does the application gets installed over-and-over again ?
Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
No. You leave GPO linked to OU, so new computers will have application installed automatically.
Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
What about ifthe software has been installed already, is there any way to avoid the application gets installed over and over again ?
Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Mate, it never get installed over and over. I believe that's the feature of Windows Installer service, it has nothing to do wit GPO deployment.
Rakesh KapoorCommented:
Use the steps given in the article to install .MSI package remotely on all the client computers.

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