Software Installation Via Group Policy

Software Installation Via Group Policy

Post by Jaso » Sat, 19 Mar 2005 23:48:50


I have set up group policy to deploy Adobe Reader 7.0 msi
onto all computers within the domain - no problems.
Next task was to upgrade this to 7.0.1 - i apply the msi
file to upgrade the existing one - no problem.

The problem arrises however that when a new computer joins
the domain, it tries to install the upgrade msi file before
the full package msi file, therefore failing to install
anything. Is there any way in which i can change the order
in whihc it will deploy, other than creating a seperate GPO
object and putting it down the list?

Thanks for your help in advance

Jason
 
 
 

Software Installation Via Group Policy

Post by Andrew Mit » Sat, 19 Mar 2005 23:57:47

"Jason" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > said


From
http://www.yqcomputer.com/
proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?
url=/resources/documentation/windowsserv/2003/standard/proddocs/en-
us/upgradeApps.asp

To upgrade an application
Open Group Policy Software Installation.
In the details pane, right-click the new Windows Installer upgrade package
(that is, not the package to be upgraded).
Click Properties, and then click the Upgrades tab.
Click Add to create or add to the list of packages that you want to upgrade
with the new upgrade package.
In the Add Upgrade Package dialog box, under Choose a package from, do one
of the following:
Click Current Group Policy object (GPO).
Click A specific GPO, click Browse, and then click the Group Policy object
that you want to upgrade.
Review the list of packages under Package to upgrade, which lists all of
the other packages that are assigned or published within the selected Group
Policy object.
Click the package that you want to upgrade, and then do one of the
following:
To replace an application with a completely different application (perhaps
an application from a different vendor), click Uninstall the existing
package, then install the upgrade package.
To install a newer version of the same product while retaining the user's
application preferences, document type associations, and so on, click
Package can upgrade over the existing package.
(Optional) To make the upgrade mandatory, on the Upgrades tab, select the
Required upgrade for existing packages check box.
Notes

To complete this procedure, you must be logged on as a member of the Domain
Administrators security group, the Enterprise Administrators security
group, or the Group Policy Creator Owners security group.
Before you can perform this procedure, you must first assign or publish the
upgrade package.
Depending on the Group Policy object, the list of packages under Package to
upgrade might have zero or more entries.
If this is an upgrade under Computer Configuration in the Group Policy
console tree, the Required upgrade for existing packages check box is
selected and unavailable because packages can only be assigned to
computers, not published.



--

Andy.

 
 
 

Software Installation Via Group Policy

Post by Jaso » Sun, 20 Mar 2005 00:10:14

have done all of this, and it works fine, but only for
machines with the initial package installed.
If i have a new pc join the domain it will try to install
the update msi, instead of the origional msi and then the
update msi..

With the new pc trying to install the update package first,
it's failing saying there's nothing for it to update.

it should install the package first and then the update.

Any ideas?


upgrade package
you want to upgrade
package from, do one
Group Policy object
which lists all of
the selected Group
one of the
application (perhaps
the existing
retaining the user's
so on, click
tab, select the
member of the Domain
Administrators security
assign or publish the
under Package to
Group Policy
check box is
assigned to
 
 
 

Software Installation Via Group Policy

Post by Andrew Mit » Sun, 20 Mar 2005 13:32:32

"Jason" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > said


You need to change the link order of the GPO's in the GPMC.
Make sure the full package has a higher priority (lower number in GPMC) than
the upgrade.


--

Andy.
 
 
 

Software Installation Via Group Policy

Post by c2FtZ291Y2 » Fri, 24 Oct 2008 00:55:00

I would like to be able to see how many workstations have installed a piece
of software via Group Policy. Does anyone know of a way to do this?
 
 
 

Software Installation Via Group Policy

Post by Meinolf We » Fri, 24 Oct 2008 14:26:15

Hello samgoucher,

No, this is not listed in AD. You have to search the the computers for that.

Best regards

Meinolf Weber
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Software Installation Via Group Policy

Post by Florian Fr » Fri, 24 Oct 2008 14:40:53

Howdie!



Software Installation in GP is rather limited here. There's nothing like
a Software Deployment lifecycle so you'll basically have to rely on
other technologies to build an inventory of the software installed.

Good candidates are WMI and a script that runs on the clients and
generates a list on a server share that gets updated from time to time.
OR third party products that are capable of doing that.

cheers,

Florian
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