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Chapter 6. Configuring and Troubleshooti... > Deploying Software Using Group Polic...

Deploying Software Using Group Policy

Before you deploy a new software package, you must copy the installation files to a distribution point, which is a shared folder accessible to both the server and all client computers requiring the package. You can then use any existing GPO or create a new GPO for deploying the package. The following steps outline the general procedure:

Open the Group Policy Management Editor focused on the required GPO.

Navigate to the appropriate node for software deployment, as follows:

  • To assign or publish an application to users, navigate to User Configuration\Policies\Software Settings\Software Installation.

  • To assign an application to computers, navigate to Computer Configuration\Policies\Software Settings\Software Installation.

Right-click this node and choose New, Package.

In the Open dialog box that appears, navigate to the shared folder where the .msi file is located, select it, and click Open.

In the Deploy Software dialog box shown in Figure 6.22, select the option with which you want to deploy the software package, and then click OK. You would select Advanced to include transforms or modifications to the software packages.

Figure 6.22. Selecting the method of software deployment.


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