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GPO Software Installation (Alternative Method)


GPO software installation is a way to deploy the Action1 agents on multiple workstations or servers. Currently, this method is considered to be more complicated and less reliable than installation with Group Policy startup scripts. Action1 recommends leveraging startup scripts for deploying agents in your corporate domain. For detailed instructions, refer to Installation with Group Policy Startup Scripts (Recommended).


To deliver Action1 agents via GPO software installation

1. Navigate to Endpoints and select Install Agents to download the Action1 agent installer. Then copy it to the a folder on your domain controller that is accessible by other endpoints in your network.

Installing an agent
  1. Start the Group Policy Management Console and drill down to your domain.
  2. Right-click it and select Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here.
  3. Provide a name for a new domain policy, e.g., Action1 agent installation.
  4. In the policy settings, proceed to the Delegation tab. Select Add at the bottom of the screen.
  5. In the Select User, Computer, or Group window, set the Object Types to “Computer”. Enter the computer name and select Check Names to look up for it. Set new group’s permissions to “Edit settings, delete, modify security”.

Note: Add all the computers where you want to install the Action1 agent.

New Group Policy - the Delegation tab
  1. Select the new group and specify Advanced. In the dialog that opens, select the computer group and update permissions: set Apply group policy to “Allow”.
Group Policy - Advanced permissions for a computer
  1. Right-click the newly created policy and select Edit and proceed to Computer Configuration / Policies / Software Settings.
  2. On the Software installation page, right-click and select New / Package.
GPO Software Installation - Adding new package
  1. Select the agent MSI file. In the dialog that opens, set the deployment method to “Assigned”.
Selecting deployment method
  1. The newly created package will appear in the list.
GPO software installation - New package created
  1. In the command prompt, run “gpupdate /force”. The agent will be distributed to all endpoints and devices governed by the Group Policy once they reboot.
Updating Group Policy

Troubleshooting Tips:

– Check the internet connection and make sure Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / System / Logon / Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon is set to “Enabled”.

– Increase timeout value under Computer Configuration / Policies / Administrative Templates / System / Group Policy / Specify startup policy processing wait time.

– Consider using a recommended method of installing Action1 agents with GPO startup scripts.