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    Re: Success!!!

    Well done my man, I enjoy GPO deployment its so much fun and less hassle than CD installs, but I don't have the time to re-package everything, although I should learn I suppose as it would be a good skill to have.

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    Re: Success!!!

    Congratulations!

    - getting GPO to actually install everything in order
    How do you do that - has it been discussed already?

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    Re: Success!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    Congratulations!

    - getting GPO to actually install everything in order
    How do you do that - has it been discussed already?
    The tip I can offer is that GPO's will be applied according to the usual precedence that is covered in windoze docs (ie: forest, domain, etc... ) but what isn't mentioned is that at a specific level (eg: GPO - "school computers" all the GPO's will be applied starting at the link number HIGHEST first, with last being '1'.

    Didn't realise that at first so I had all my library gpo managed installs (java, flash, etc..) being applied last and screwing up my ordering system and with them the MSI's that were getting stuck because the libs weren't where they should have been.

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    Re: Success!!!

    Thanks for that - how do you know the link number?

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    Re: Success!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    Thanks for that - how do you know the link number?
    I don't have a GPO console up in front of me but when you are looking at an OU (Organisational unit) in the GPMC you will see what GPO's are applied/linked to your OU and next to that is a number.

    I'd recommend you get Mark Minasi's book on win server 2003 though as it is a {deity} send...

    Add to that I'm no GPO tech whiz so I'd ask this question again as a new topic so you can get some answers from others who aren't just looking at the original topic header

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    Re: Success!!!

    And of course there's always ASSM (Assigned Software Sequence Manager) to change the order of installs within a particular GPO.

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    Re: Success!!!

    I don't have that problem all i have to do is edit certain ini files which the install manager uses and hey presto it even tells me where the dependancies lie excellent CC3 and now with vcd version 7 nothing could be easier streaming dvd's and other media from database of titles which is just an install on dedicated media server. I can also edit the gpo structure as i please and it all functions famously life just gets better and better now i have the best of both worlds. I think people forget that RM CC3 is just a blanket over 2k or 23k and can be manipulated to suit. No detriment to a vanilla or ranger system but i find that it works and that will do for me.

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    Re: Success!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by bossman
    No detriment to a vanilla or ranger system but i find that it works ....
    Not forgetting that it works well! 8)

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    Re: Success!!!

    Excellent - thanks guys!

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    Re: Success!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Not forgetting that it works well! 8)
    Not forgetting that it costs a fortune either

    But yeah I do take your point that it saves a LOT of time... From my own point of view I'm:
    a) a masochist
    b) like to know what is going on under the hood
    c) work for schools with very little in the way of cash
    d) did I mention that I must have done something seriously bad in a previous life..


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    Re: Success!!!

    Well today was re-ghost and test the systems put in place for real and I now have 20 new machines re-ghosted and all doing GPO installs quite happily without choking.

    Course there was one fly in the ointment... I forgot to get a clean install of the slightly older machines so that's on the go now but it seems a lot of hard work has paid off..

    In amongst all of this I can't help but try to share the joy at the success with some staff members but sadly they can't appreciate just how hard it's all been... Ah well.. perhaps I'll just have to accidentally disable key computers and wait till they get the hint... *cue: angelic batting of eyelashes*



    All in all though a good day... Now if only the projector people had gotten back to me...

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    Re: Success!!!

    The only things we've bought from RM are 3 servers, and 60 machines; all of 3 years ago. Since then it's only been 2 bulk CC3 license packs which cost less since there were more. PC hardware from The IT Support Centre (over 75% cheaper than any other we could find) and printers from XMA. Everything else we run in-house, and we delve deep into the bowels of Windows when necessary.

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    Re: Success!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ajbritton
    And of course there's always ASSM (Assigned Software Sequence Manager) to change the order of installs within a particular GPO.
    Where can I find ASSM. Google & Co. says the tool isn't available any more... But: I need it :cry:

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    Re: Success!!!

    Well done mate.

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