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Imagine for a minute that your quái nhân came in one day, gave you a Foxit DVD and said that everyone in your organization needs lớn get that DPF software that"s on this DVD installed today.

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You think, well that"s great but are you sure you want all 500 people khổng lồ get the software today?That"s almost impossible, isn"t it? There isn"t enough time for you khổng lồ walk around with the DVD và install it 500 times.Sure there is! But you won"t be walking around with the DVD in your hand, that"s for sure.The solution I"m going to lớn show you today is quite simple, và much less time consumingYou are going to lớn copy that software on a Shared thư mục on your network. Then, you"re going to create a Group Policy Object, aka GPO, (aren"t you happy you installed Active Directory?) that will take that software and install it on everyone"s machines.Easy, huh? Of course it is & it is not going to take you days, I promise.

What You Need Before Installing Software Using GPOs

There are 3 things you will need in order lớn have a successful Software Installation GPO:1. The most important thing you will need is a Microsoft installer file, called .msi -- you cannot use the .exe tệp tin that is on the DVD.You will need khổng lồ get a packaging utility lớn turn that .exe file into .msi file. Many of them are available for instant download from internet.There are a few that will cost money but there are also không lấy phí downloads. Here is an example from each: 2. The second thing you will need khổng lồ create is a Shared Folder on your network for the software to live in. You need to make sure that every computer has at least "read" access to lớn that folder and its contents.3. và the last thing you will need is the new Group Policy Object linked to the appropriate Organization Unit.

How lớn Install Software Using GPOs

Assuming that you already have the .msi file ready, let"s start with creating a shared folder on our network.1. Browse to lớn the location on your network, right-click and select New, then Folder.
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2. Name the thư mục -- in this example we are going to điện thoại tư vấn it "Software".3. Select that folder and then click on the Share button on the thực đơn toolbar.
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4. lượt thích I mentioned above, every machine needs lớn have at least read access khổng lồ this folder. To bởi this type in Everyone và hit enter, or click on the Add button.
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5. Make sure the Permission Level says Reader and then click the Share button.
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6. Remember or write down the location of this shared folder. In our example the location is \Y-MEM1-2K8Software
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7. Double click on the Shared folder you just created & once again perform the steps to create a new folder.This time name the folder with a name specific lớn the software you are about to lớn install. We are going to call it "Foxit".
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8. Double click on the new thư mục ("Foxit") và copy và paste the .msi file for the software you want lớn install. Our .msi is called FoxitReader23.
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9. Now it is time to lớn switch lớn your domain controller.We are going khổng lồ switch to our DC1 server. Once there, go ahead and open up Server Manager.
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10. Now you need lớn point to the Organizational Unit where the new Group Policy Object will reside.To start off, go ahead & expand Features, then Group Policy Management, and then your Forest. In our example it is the Globomantics.com forest.11.

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Then expand Domains & then the tên miền in which you want to lớn create the GPO.12. Once you are in the correct domain, expand the Organizational Unit. In our example, we are expanding NewYorkOU.13. Since we want the software lớn be installed on every single computer, we are going khổng lồ create the Group Policy Object in our NYComputers Organization Unit.Go ahead & click on that OU.
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14. khổng lồ create a new GPO, right-click on the appropriate Organization Unit & select Create a GPO in this domain, and link it here...
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15. Name your new GPO và hit OK.
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16. lớn make sure the new GPO was created, go ahead & expand the Group Policy Objects.You should see your GPO listed there. That GPO is now being linked to our NYComputers OU.
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17. Select and then right click on the GPO under the Organization Unit. Then select Edit.
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18. That should xuất hiện a Group Policy Management Editor.19. Go ahead & expand Computer Configuration, then Policies, và then Software Settings.20. Next click on & select Software Installation.
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21. Right click on the right side of the Software Installation, select New và then click on Package.
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22. Browse khổng lồ the location where your software .msi tệp tin exists.In our example it is NY-MEM1-2K8 → Software → Foxit. Once you have located it, double click on the tệp tin or select it & then click on the Open button.
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23. Select Assigned and click OK.
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Testing

Before you actually go và test this on one of your client machines, vì chưng not forget lớn run a GPO Update. To bởi vì so, open up you command prompt on your tên miền Controller và type in gpupdate /force.
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Once the update ran through you can go lớn one of your clients and restart the machine. Keep in mind that in order for the software lớn be installed on a computer, you will need to bởi a hard reboot.Now go ahead và relax for the rest of your day.Ready to test your skills in Windows Networking Infrastructure? See how they stack up with this assessment from Smarterer. Start this Windows Networking Infrastructure  test now