GPO Software Installation not working

Devin Becker
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I have a GPO that I have created that is meant to install an application using an .msi file. In the GPO I have configured the Software Installation that is using the DC as the source. It has been moved up the link list, and is enforced and Link Enabled. As of this time, it is only assigned to my user for testing purposes. But when I log in to a computer, it does not install the specified software.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Scott SilvaNetwork Administrator

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First thing... Did you publish or assign the software?
If you published, the user has to add the program from add/remove programs.

Also if you assigned, does the user have software install rights? Because if the user cannot install software, you would need to deploy per machine instead...
Devin BeckerIdentity Management and Security
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Scott,

It is assigned, I will check user permissions. I know I was able to install the .msi without any admin elevation. but I will also try installing to the computer itself as well.
Devin BeckerIdentity Management and Security
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Scott,

It seems that setting the policy to apply to the computer instead did not work. It is still not installed even after a gpupdate /force and a restart.

Any other suggestions?
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Scott SilvaNetwork Administrator

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Does the msi install silently? I don't think it can have any desktop interaction.
Devin BeckerIdentity Management and Security
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Weird, earlier it didn't ask for admin elevation, now it is, could that be the issue?
Scott SilvaNetwork Administrator

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Most likely. With user installs the logged in user needs install rights.
Testing needs to be done as a standard user to eliminate these errors.
You might need another system to install software like this.

I gave up on using GP for most software installs and started using other software like that available from PDQ or other systems that can run installs as a different user with install rights. But then our systems are locked down pretty tight to help prevent viruses from getting a foothold.
Devin BeckerIdentity Management and Security
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Yes, it seems that it turns out that 1. I don't want to give up those permissions to allow this one application to install, 2. The .msi's themselves seem to be broken, so that didn't help this issue either.

For this application the regular .exe can be installed by the user without admin elevation, so that's probably the route I will be going.
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The .msi's themselves seemed to be broken, and the issue was not with the Group Policy object or the assigning of groups/users/computers that receive the GPO.

For this application the regular .exe can be installed by the individual users without admin elevation, so that's probably the route I will be going.

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