Author: Peter Barnett Date: Nov 29, 2019
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
If 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.
If 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.
As 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.
Finally, make sure that the Permission Level is Reader and click the Share button.
Be sure to remember or write down the path to the shared folder
Double 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".
Double click on the new folder and copy and paste the .msi file
Follow these steps please:
To create a new GPO, right-click on the appropriate Organization Unit and select Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here...
In the dialog box that appears name your new GPO and hit OK.
Go ahead and expand the Group Policy Objects. You should see your GPO listed there. That GPO is now being linked to our NYComputers OU.
Select and then right click on the GPO under the Organization Unit. Then select Edit.
Go ahead and expand Computer Configuration, then Policies, and then Software Settings. Next click on and select Software Installation.
Right click on the right side of the Software Installation, select New and then click on Package.
Browse 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.
Select item Assigned from the list that appears and click OK.
To 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.
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