[gptalk] Re: Determining if Group Policy Deployment is right for us....

  • From: "Matt Walker" <Matt.Walker@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 09:58:53 -0500

I found this from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/226936 :

 

"This command replaces the necessary files on the network share and
updates the .msi file for proper installation using the new components."

 

I'm guessing this answers my latest question(s).

 

Sorry for being such a pain in the backside about this, but I do
appreciate all of the Help!

 


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From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 9:35 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Determining if Group Policy Deployment is right
for us....

 

What the approach is, and I think I mention this in the whitepaper, is
that you patch the distribution point using msiexec, then issue a
re-deploy on the package in GPO. This tells the clients to essentially
"repair" the package, and they thus pick up the new bits. 

 

Darren

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Matt Walker
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 8:20 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Determining if Group Policy Deployment is right
for us....

 

How do you mean apply the patch with msiexec? Is the patched pushed
through Group policy and kicked off or is there something that has to be
done at each workstation?

 

 

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From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 9:18 AM
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Subject: [gptalk] Re: Determining if Group Policy Deployment is right
for us....

 

Yes. You have to use msiexec to apply the patch to your distribution
point, but it will work that way.

 

Darren

 

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Matt Walker
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 7:34 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Determining if Group Policy Deployment is right
for us....

 

Ah, so if I deploy an .msi then need to patch, Group Policy can handle
just using the .msp file and get that to the Clients?

 

 

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From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 7:19 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Determining if Group Policy Deployment is right
for us....

 

Matt-

I will answer the automated updating question first. You could schedule
this using this, for example, a script that ran through Task Scheduler
that issued a reboot across your workstations, since that would trigger
the install.

 

In terms of admin installs and patching, the examples in the whitepaper
are based on products like Office, which support the notion of an
administrative install and also support .MSP patching. .MSP files
generally need to be applied to an administrative install, rather than a
regular install, to be picked up correctly by the clients. However, your
own package probably does not need to worry about this, assuming you
patch your files using .MSP. 

 

Darren

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Matt Walker
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 2:01 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Determining if Group Policy Deployment is right
for us....

 

I see in the whitepaper a mention of Windows Installer administrative
install (/a).  Is this always necessary?  Is it something that is done
through normal GPO deployment or is this a manual step?

 

In the whitepaper, it is mentioned in the contact of patching a
previously deployed package, which may occur in our scenario.  In
following the paper, I point to the .msi for the initial deployment with
no mention of the admin. install at that time.  I'm just not sure how to
do the patching if the /a option was not used for initial deployment.
I'm just a little confused with this part (so far).

 

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From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Nelson, Jamie R
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 2:47 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Determining if Group Policy Deployment is right
for us....

 

Updating will always require some kind of administrator involvement
regardless of what deployment method you use (unless of course you
actually design an auto-update feature that is specific to your
application). Scheduling, as previous mentioned, is not possible because
your computer assigned software installation policy will always be
dependent on a reboot of the machine.

 

Jamie Nelson | Systems Engineer | Systems Support, Information
Technology | I N T E G R I S Health | Phone 405.552.0903 | Fax
405.553.5687 | http://www.integrisok.com <http://www.integrisok.com/> 

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Matt Walker
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 1:27 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Determining if Group Policy Deployment is right
for us....

 

Also, what are the limitations of Group Policy with regard to
scheduling, auto updating, and reporting?  I've read that these cannot
be done or are of limited functionality.  For updating, how automated
can it be?  Does there always have to be Administrator involvement?

 

Any further information appreciated!

 

Thanks much!!

 

 

Matt Walker
Installation Development
Synergis Software
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