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    VLC Portable or not?

    I have been asked for a quick solution so that teachers and pupils can view mp4 files so I thought, VLC Player, drop an install in a folder on the server and then drop a shortcut to it on theior profile desktop...but was just wondering if thats the best way or should I be using the portable version and share that out? I know there is an msi version but not really wanting to go down that route just yet.

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    If it was me I would just install it on the clients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechSupp View Post
    I have been asked for a quick solution so that teachers and pupils can view mp4 files so I thought, VLC Player, drop an install in a folder on the server and then drop a shortcut to it on theior profile desktop...but was just wondering if thats the best way or should I be using the portable version and share that out? I know there is an msi version but not really wanting to go down that route just yet.
    That's all I do. I then use group policy preferences to associate the file types with the network install.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrCheese View Post
    That's all I do. I then use group policy preferences to associate the file types with the network install.
    not being daft just new to it but how do i do that through gpo? I'm running a 2003 server.
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    I don't run anything off a network share unless I have to, but that's mostly a principle thing on account of me not wanting to buy full desktops and then treat them like thin clients :P

    As such, I have an MSI for VLC, but all it really does is copy the files, make a shortcut, and set up a small number of file associations for the file types that Windows Media Player won't open (.flv in particular). I would think the only thing a 'portable' version does differently is save the preferences in a different place, and you probably want those to be per-user in AppData anyway.

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    This is the command we use to send VLC to the workstations:

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    If exist "C:\Program Files (x86)\VLC Media Player\VLC.exe" go to :End
    "\\ServerName.ChildDomain.ParentDomain.Local\ServerShare\VLC Media Player\vlc-1.1.11-win32.exe" /S /NCRC
    :End
    [Or similar I can't remember the exact syntax. But I am fairly confident of the switches at the end of the batch file]

    After that all you will need to do is create a shortcut at a station where VLC is installed and put it on your staff/student Desktops/Start Menus.

    HTH

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    You could try cameyo's library of Apps their is a whole host of virtualised Apps including VLC player as EXE's so you could drop this on a server share and create a shortcut to this to be honest we install it but this is another option their is a whole host of virtualsed Apps here so don't know if this is useful for anyone else or you could use cameyo to create your own.

    App Library
    Cameyo | Free Application Virtualization
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    Bookmarked. We've got vlc installed on all clients too, but I do like carrying my own preferred apps with me.

    Thanks Steven

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