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I have put this off and off and off but now need to get Google Earth rolled out ...
1st December 2010, 10:25 AM #1
Google Earth install via GPO? Can it be done in v6?
I have put this off and off and off but now need to get Google Earth rolled out via GPO. I know this has been a hassle in the past and I have searched and tried the recommended method but it is all different now.
The last posts I can find are back in 2009. Google Earth has obviously changed since then - I cannot download the full setup .exe to start with.
How are people doing it with v6 or even v5?
Any help MUCHLY APPRECIATED!
1st December 2010, 10:30 AM #2
I didnt know they had version 6.
anyway we send 5.2 out via group policy. Using this MSI - Google Earth 5.2 MSI (Build Date November 8th 2010)
Not sure on V6 i have not looked into it. This guy will know - View Profile: Michael - EduGeek.net
1st December 2010, 10:36 AM #3
Wow, thanks FN-GM. I don't have to bugger about with mst or anything? Literally roll it out?
Thanks a bunch I'll go try it now!
1st December 2010, 10:36 AM #4
Nope i didnt mess with an MST. I just sent it right out.
Originally Posted by Ben_Stanton
I would do this though - Google Earth Flight Sim
Last edited by FN-GM; 1st December 2010 at 10:39 AM.
1st December 2010, 10:48 AM #5
Top man. Will give that a bash now.
1st December 2010, 10:53 AM #6
Let me know how you get on!
1st December 2010, 11:03 AM #7
as im off today (cant get the car out of the garage without pulling the rear bumper off and even if i could i dont think its sensible to drive) ive just made a test msi of 6 and am about to test it on a vm
give me 30 mins i will see if it works and if i can find somewhere to upload it to i will post a copy online or failing that instructions
Thanks to sted from:
FN-GM (1st December 2010)
1st December 2010, 11:07 AM #8
Nice one sted - i'll hold off for an hour if not, I will have ot go ahead with the version 5 as above.
1st December 2010, 11:08 AM #9
I would also be interested please
Originally Posted by sted
1st December 2010, 11:12 AM #10
I cheat with this, I copied the files that it installed up to a network share and just made a shortcut to that.
1st December 2010, 01:06 PM #11
sorry its taken so long my test server was ok but though it was may (took me ages to work that out lol) then the vm i run on that for xp couldnt handle google earth, then i had issues with teh spare laptop (again time i think and not typing in the right dns server) then another vm (virtualbox not ms virtual pc) wrong dns server (i would use dhcp but then with my normal router it borks other things). i now have it working though depending on the pc spec it may complain about not being able to run id dire4ct x mode on 1st run) it also requires a hole punching in the firewall same as v5. Im currently uploading a zip file to my webspace but as i have 512k upload max and its 40mb may take a while. For anyone who would rather do it themselves heres what i did
on a reference pc (or at least one you are an admin on)
clear out your users temp files
download small exe installer from google
go to the temp folder (c:\documents and settings\whoever\application data\temp\random name or c:\users\whoever\app data\temp\randomname) while its installing it on the reference pc grab a copy of this folder
rename the copy of the folder something more sensible and move to your deployment share
in the folder copy google earth.msi so you have a straight copy
open google earth.msi in orca
in the property table add a row of ALLUSERS and give it a value of 1
go to file and summary information and in the languages field delete everything but 1033
test deploy it to a workstation
and that should be it. You may or may not want to run it on a test workstation and copy app data bits to local/mandatory/ roaming profiles to stop first run junk (its 1 screen with a tick box) so to me isnt a big deal staff with roaming/local profiles will see it once and tick the go away box pupils have mandatory so i will just copy it across to my profile
update files here please only download it once per person i have a fair bit of allowed traffic but it is a big file
Last edited by sted; 1st December 2010 at 01:09 PM.
Reason: file uploaded
4 Thanks to sted:
Ben-BSH (3rd May 2011), Ben_Stanton (1st December 2010), FN-GM (1st December 2010), networkingNut (10th August 2011)
1st December 2010, 02:11 PM #12
Great job sted.
Just rolled it out to the first ICT suit with no problem. Only hardware letting me down, so can only get activex to work - not openGL.
Thanks again, much appreciated! It's now set for the other ICT suits overnight
1st December 2010, 03:17 PM #13
Well school has closed so i didnt get chance to test deploy this. Will try again tomorrow.
8th August 2011, 02:01 PM #14
I have done the edits to the MSI as above (using ORCA) but whenever I use it as a student I get an error "Cannot determine if you have permission to use this database". You can click on OK and it appears to work (Except streetview). The Man is showing in the top right for street view but whenever you howevr over streets the road are no highlighted blue, even roads on which I know there is streetview,
Originally Posted by sted
I have also downloaded the upadted files from above and whenever I use those to roll it out I get an error saying "Could not contact the image server to download new images."
Does anyone have any idea as to what is causing the problem?
8th August 2011, 04:23 PM #15
I did it this way,
Download and install the standard google earth to your machine, download EMCO MSI Packager and package it as a .MSI
Infact I'll upload my MSI which is rolled out to over 200 PC's and I'll post the address
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