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MSI Deployment Directions with Group Policy in Active Directory

Instructions on how to create a group policy to deploy your with your MSI.

 

In this case we will use the "Assign Software" method, as the program is always installed for all users.
 

The first step in deploying an MSI through GPO is to create a distribution point on the publishing server. This can be done by following these steps:

log on to the server as an Administrator user
create a shared network folder (this folder will contain the MSI package)
set permissions on this folder in order to allow access to the distribution package
copy the MSI in the shared folder

An MSI package is deployed (distributed) through GPO as a Group Policy Object. In order to create an object for your package, you can follow these steps:

click on the Start button, go to Programs, select Administrative Tools and then select Active Directory Users and Computers
right-click your domain name in the console tree and select the Properties context menu
select the Group Policy tab and click New
set the name of the policy (for example MyApplication)
click Properties and select the Securitytab
check the Apply Group Policycheckbox only for the groups to which the policy will be applied
click on the OK button
 

Create a Software Instalaltion package

click on the Start button, go to Programs, select Administrative Tools and then select Active Directory Users and Computers
right-click your domain name in the console tree and select the Properties context menu
go to the Group Policy tab, select the object you want and click Edit
expand Software Settings under Computer Configuration
right-click Software Installation, select the New context menu and then click on Package
in the Open dialog type the full UNC path of the shared package you want to assign
click on the Open button
click on Assigned and then click OK(the package will be added to the right pane of the "Group Policy" window)
close the Group Policy snap-in, click OK and exit the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in
when the client computers start, the assigned package will be installed automatically

When updating via MSI, just delete the old Software Installation package and create a new one with the new MSI downloaded from the console.

Also removing the Software Installation package from Group policy will not uninstall the avast client. The uninstallation should be performed from the console by deleting the device, or from add or remove programs on the client machine.

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