Imagine for a moment that one day your boss came, gave you an Foxit DVD and said that everyone in your organization needed to install exe files that is on this DVD today. You think, okay, but you sure you want all 600 people to get the installer package today. It is impossible to do in one day, it isn't? You do not have enough time to walk around the DVD and deploy an exe 600 times. I will show you one solution, named auto install exe file with GPO, that is much simpler and less time consuming. You need to copy this software to a shared folder on your network. Then you create a GPO, which takes this software and installs it on all computers. Easy, yes? Of course, I promise that it will not take you several days. This article show how to install .exe with group policy
1. Three Things You Will Need to Successfully Install Software Through a GPO on Windows Server
2. Auto Install Exe File with GPO. Create New FolderIf you already have a ready msi package, let's begin by creating a shared folder on our network. Browse to the location on your network, right-click and select New, then Folder.
3. Share Folder with Help of Button on the ToolbarIf you need to give the folder name, for example "Software", you need select folder and then click on the Share button on the menu toolbar.
4. Add Read Access to This FolderAs I said, every machine needs to have at least read access to this folder. To do this, type in Everyone and push Enter, or click on the Add button.
5. Use the Share Button to Give an Access to Our FolderFinally, make sure that the Permission Level is Reader and click the Share button.
6. Remember the Location of This Shared FolderBe sure to remember or write down the path to the shared folder
7. Create a New Folder for Our Installation FilesDouble click on the Shared Folder and once again perform the steps to create a new folder. Now name the folder with a name specific to the software you are going to install. We are going to call it "Foxit".
8. Paste The .Msi File into Created DirectoryDouble click on the new folder and copy and paste the .msi file
9. Switch to Our Domain Controller (Dc1)Follow these steps please:
10. In Context Menu Choose and Select Create a GPO in This DomainTo create a new GPO, right-click on the appropriate Organization Unit and select Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here...
11. Think up a Name for GPOIn the dialog box that appears name your new GPO and hit OK.
12. Make Sure the New GPO Was CreatedGo ahead and expand the Group Policy Objects. You should see your GPO listed there. That GPO is now being linked to our NYComputers OU.
13. Choose Edit in GPO Context MenuSelect and then right click on the GPO under the Organization Unit. Then select Edit.
14. Select Software Installation in the Suitable NodeGo ahead and expand Computer Configuration, then Policies, and then Software Settings. Next click on and select Software Installation.
15. Now Create New Package AgainRight click on the right side of the Software Installation, select New and then click on Package.
16. Navigate to the Folder Where Your Software .Msi File Is LocatedBrowse to the location where your .msi file exists. Once you have found it, double click on the file or select it and then click on the Open button.
17. Then Choose Deployment Method in the Dialog WindowSelect item Assigned from the list that appears and click OK.
18. Don't Forget to Start Updating the Group Policy ObjectTo do this, open a command line on the domain controller and enter
gpupdate / force.Once the update ran through you can go to one of your clients and restart the machine. Keep in mind that in order for the software to be installed on a computer, you will need to do a hard reboot.
Also consider using Action1 to deploy software remotely if: