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Group Policy Practical Software Deployments




by Michael Day

This article will provide some examples
of when you would want to use Group Policies to install software to
Windows 2000 Computers.
For information on how to create
install packages or how to deploy programs with Group Policies see
Software
Installation Via Group Policies
.

This article will provide some examples of when you would want to use Group Policies to install software to Windows 2000 Computers.

Practical Uses for Computer Based Installation

The first use, and only use I have right now,  for a
Computer Based Installation is the Windows 2000 Service Pack. 
By Using a computer Based install you can update Windows as soon as
the machine boots up.  Microsoft provides the MSI files you
need at http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/recommended/sp1/msi/default.asp
(This link will opes in a new window).  The install of SP1
takes about 10 Minutes over our network and ends with a reboot.

The other use I have heard of is for Payroll or other sensitive
software that you only want installed on specific secured
computers.

 

Practical Uses for User Based Installation

I am using User Based Installation to create a standard set of
programs.  

I am Assigning Microsoft Office 2000 with Service Pack 1 via
group policies.  This is being done because not every user
needs to have all of Office installed locally and by using assigning
the programs the only parts that are installed are what is
used.  When the user clicks on Word only Word is installed so
if he never needs PowerPoint he will never have it installed. 
Also when the next Service Pack is released I can simply create a
new package and deploy it as an upgrade to the original package.

I am also Assigning Winzip and Adobe Acrobat Reader to all the
users.  They only take about 10-15 seconds to install when they
are first used so there is no real performance problems and when we
get an update I can simply create a new package and set it to
upgrade the existing program.

Finally I am Publishing the Windows 2000 Admin Tools to the
Network Management OU so that I have access to all my
Admininstration Tools  if I need to no matter where I log
on.

 

There are plenty of other uses for Group Policy software
installation.  This list is just a basic example showing what I
am using it to install right now.  I plan on creating packages
for all of our specific programs to improve our service to the
users.

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