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Application Deployment via Group Policy

By fortune_118 ·
I attempted, for the first time, to deploy Adobe Acrobat 5 from a W2K Domain share to a W2K workstation. The application was assigned to the computer. It failed. I do not see the application advertised on the workstation.

WHAT I DI

1. Created an OU and a group within the OU. The intended destination workstation was made a member of the group.

2. Created a GPO for the OU. The GPO was set to assign Acrobat5 from a domain share to computers.

How do I troubleshoot and correct this problem ?

How do I determine whether something is wrong with my process, or whether something is wrong with the application package ?

I did try to deploy Office 2000 also and it failed. The reason I did this was because O2K already had its own .msi, but Acrobat was packaged into .msi by me ( using wininstal). What am I missing ?

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by CG IT In reply to Application Deployment vi ...

What program are you using to advertise/publish your package? SMS? Also, you don't mention a distribution point for the package? Are you trying to use Add/Remove programs for your package? You may have created an organization unit with a group policy object, but in advertising or publishing a program across the network requires a distribution point [with appropriate group policy {which you have done}] to which clients can go to to get your .msi package.

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by quintar51 In reply to Application Deployment vi ...

Hi,

It sounds to me like you got most of the steps correctly. Make sure that the group that the workstation is a part of has Read and Apply Group Policy permissions.

If you're still having trouble, try adding the User to the group, rather than the workstation. Then, in your group policy, make sure you assign the package under User Configuration.

good luck,

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by fortune_118 In reply to Application Deployment vi ...

Thank you for the speedy response. I used WinInstal to create the package. Wininstal was configured to place the package in a share on the Domain Controller. The GPO was set to 'point' to this share. The name placed in the 'category' tab of the GPO properties does show up in 'add/remove programs' on the destination workstation, but nothing appears in the start menu or anywhere else. I would like the application to be assigned to the computer, not published.

Does placing the computername within a group within the OU link the GPO to the computer, as the GPO was set up on the OU ? Should the group in the OU be a Local Group, or should it be a Global Group, considering that it is the computer being placed in it ?

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by fortune_118 In reply to Application Deployment vi ...

I tried adding the User to the group, rather than the workstation and assigning the package under User Configuration in the group policy. Still nothing.

I did try to ensure that the group that the workstation is a part of has Read and Apply Group Policy permissions, but I was unable to locate these permissions. Where exactly is that ?

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