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Short and Sweet:

 

I need to install a .MSI package on certain computers in my domain.

 

1.) UAC is enabled on these computers.

2.) Local User accounts are "Users" (non-admins)

3.) The .MSI requires Microsoft .net Framework 4.0 

 

I assume :

(1)  the .NET Framework needs to be installed, (2) UAC will have to be temporarily disabled, and (3) MSI package installed under Admin privilege.

 

I'm new to GPO, but I'm fairly certain this can be done. I'm just not sure how to implement it. Your help would be greatly appreciated!

 

 

 

 

 

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Edited by OverK1LL - 11/16/12 at 5:35pm
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It can be done with Group Policy but there is a lot to it. It's not just something I could explain briefly on this thread. Easiest method is to create an OU for the computers you want updated or a user group and have the msi deployed to that user group or the OU. GP is very customizable and there is just soooooo much you can do with it. I'll send you a PM with some stuff that would really help you get going.
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Originally Posted by UsedPaperclip View Post

It can be done with Group Policy but there is a lot to it. It's not just something I could explain briefly on this thread. Easiest method is to create an OU for the computers you want updated or a user group and have the msi deployed to that user group or the OU. GP is very customizable and there is just soooooo much you can do with it. I'll send you a PM with some stuff that would really help you get going.

 

Appreciated. Also, I have the computers I need in a specific OU already. I should have included that in the OP.

 

To be more specific, I guess I could use help on the following:

 

  1. What UAC settings do I need to disable using GPO in order to install software?
  2. How do I install software on computers under Admin Privileges?
  3. How to I use Switches when deploying a MSI using MSIEXEC?
  4. Is there any way to install .NET 4.0 on computers in the OU using GPO? Or should I use WSUS for this?

 

I guess I'm looking more for pointers than a detail instructions, however I will no doubt run into some questions along the way.

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Originally Posted by OverK1LL View Post

Appreciated. Also, I have the computers I need in a specific OU already. I should have included that in the OP.

To be more specific, I guess I could use help on the following:
  1. What UAC settings do I need to disable using GPO in order to install software?
  2. How do I install software on computers under Admin Privileges?
  3. How to I use Switches when deploying a MSI using MSIEXEC?
  4. Is there any way to install .NET 4.0 on computers in the OU using GPO? Or should I use WSUS for this?

I guess I'm looking more for pointers than a detail instructions, however I will no doubt run into some questions along the way.

1. UAC should not be affected when being deployed via GP (at least it's never given me problems).
2. GP will install it with network admin credentials.
3. That will be covered in what I PM'd you about.
4. There might be something in GP for it but I'm not sure. That is generally done with WSUS, yes.
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You should have an SCCM server on your network. It makes deployments of software easier
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You should have an SCCM server on your network. It makes deployments of software easier
Agreed, but it's not free and if he's not good with GP yet, he's a long way from implementing Systems Center. But it is definitely something to consider looking into if you can get your CIO to go for it. But the problem with IT managers is that we have to make it worth the money for the company.
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Agreed, but it's not free and if he's not good with GP yet, he's a long way from implementing Systems Center. But it is definitely something to consider looking into if you can get your CIO to go for it. But the problem with IT managers is that we have to make it worth the money for the company.

Most things I can think of has some cost associated with it's AppV can install apps dynamically using AD groups. But there's a cost there, I think Symantec SVS can as well
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