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How to deploy .exe file using GPO RRS feed

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  • Howdie!

    In order to use the built-in "Software Installation" Group Policy, you need to have an MSI package ready for deployment. EXE files cannot be deployed using Software Installation. You could, however use a ZAP file as Kent suggested - though it has some limitations.

    I would suggest two things you could do:
    (1) Look into a computer startup script that silently installs the software if the exe is capable of silent installations.
    (2) Have a look at "before"/"after" snapshot software like WininstallLE that snapshots a sample installation and compiles an MSI out of it after the installation is finished.

    Depending on what product you're trying to install, there are further methods. Some EXE files are simple packages that contain MSI files you can use for Software Installation - they might have an /X or /A switch. Check www.appdeploy.com - maybe your app is listed there and there are further tweaks and tricks that help you install the software. If you can choose between EXE and MSI - MSI is the way to go. So is "Software Installation" over "Start scripts".

    Cheers,
    Florian
    Microsoft MVP - Group Policy -- blog: http://www.frickelsoft.net/blog
    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 1:54 PM

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  • Hi,

    You need to create a ZAP file - check this article http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/231747

    Kent Agerlund
    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 9:10 AM
  • Can you tell me when this is installed through GP using user configuration

    On workstation it will take time to logon for every users

    suppose one user logon & then other it will install for each user

    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 9:19 AM
  • Howdie!

    In order to use the built-in "Software Installation" Group Policy, you need to have an MSI package ready for deployment. EXE files cannot be deployed using Software Installation. You could, however use a ZAP file as Kent suggested - though it has some limitations.

    I would suggest two things you could do:
    (1) Look into a computer startup script that silently installs the software if the exe is capable of silent installations.
    (2) Have a look at "before"/"after" snapshot software like WininstallLE that snapshots a sample installation and compiles an MSI out of it after the installation is finished.

    Depending on what product you're trying to install, there are further methods. Some EXE files are simple packages that contain MSI files you can use for Software Installation - they might have an /X or /A switch. Check www.appdeploy.com - maybe your app is listed there and there are further tweaks and tricks that help you install the software. If you can choose between EXE and MSI - MSI is the way to go. So is "Software Installation" over "Start scripts".

    Cheers,
    Florian
    Microsoft MVP - Group Policy -- blog: http://www.frickelsoft.net/blog
    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 1:54 PM