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    Google Earth - latest advice on deployment?

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    I have trawled through the related threads but couldn't find an answer to my questions. I wan't deploy the free version on the network and want to install on to a server and then point users to it from a start-menu link.
    1. Is this doable? I tried running the the latested install(I've run the setup file direct, extracted the msi, even created and admin install), but it doesn't allow you to change the path of the install to a network share.
    2. I don't want to building up huge local profiles by installing locally and having the cache grow.
    Any advice greatfully received.

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    Google Earth Free is relatively easy. I transformed Google's MSI with a few lines, but most importantly HKLM\Software\Google\Google Earth Plus\CachePath = [CACHEDIR], where [CACHEDIR] is the network location of your cache.

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    Head of Geog wasn't so impressed with flashearth he wants GE.

    mestaugh1 - did you run the msi to install on network machines, or on a single server?

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    Lee, I deployed the MSI to client machines with the transform. Then modified security on the shared cache folder to allow users to read/write to it.

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    sidetracking a little, NASA's worldwind http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/
    is written with educational/research in mind it includes simulations that may be beneficial to geog dept.

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    Hi there

    If you install google earth from the command line onto your server with the following, you can then shortcut to the .exe and put the shortcut in your redirected start menu / desktop / whatever:

    msiexec /a "google_earth_filename.msi"

    Install to a shared directory and you're away. I think this is an undocumented feature of Google earth, and they haven't filled in the information fields in the installer - it looks a bit broken for the first screen where there is no text except 'next' and 'cancel' buttons. Run it and you'll see what I mean.

    This method works fine for me on 100+ network stations from my server.

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