Windows Installer packages Provide Easy Group Policy Deployment
Regardless of how many computers in your organization, installing new software can be easy using Group Policy.
Software often comes in the form of a Windows Installer Package; a file with a .MSI extension can be installed with Group Policy.
These files can be rolled out to all your domain computers as follows:
Run GPMC.MSC from your server
Create or edit an existing Group Policy Object (or GPO)
Create a new software package from ‘Computer Configuration\Policies\Software Settings\Software Installation’
Browse to the location of your MSI file and ‘Assign’ the Package
Your server will automatically push the software package to all your computers.
Some well-known software packages that are available as an MSI file include:
► Adobe Flash Player
► Adobe Shockwave Player
► Adobe Reader
► Sun Java
► Mozilla Firefox
► Ultra VNC
Group Policy gives organizations the ability to manage your clients and servers effortlessly. With a Group policy management, you can configure most built-in Windows system settings and default applications, like settings for Internet Explorer Options.
For example, if the HR department needs one type of settings different from another company department, all you have to do is specify those settings in your Group Policy object and add it to the appropriate Active Directory organizational unit.
When planning an Active Directory structure, create a plan for Group policy inheritance, administration, and deployment that provides the most efficient Group Policy management for the organization.
Also, consider how Group Policy will be implemented for the organization. Be sure to consider the delegation of authority, separation of administrative duties, central versus decentralized administration, and design flexibility so that the plan will be easy to use.
These are simplified instructions and are intended as an overview for deployment.
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