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    GPO Software issues

    I'm somewhat new to the IT world so bear with me. I'm trying to push out an MSI package over the network to a test user. I can assign it to the user and it installs ONLY if I select "Install this application at logon." Any other way and it won't work. Other problem, if the user uninstalls the application, it returns to the Add/Remove list but the program itself is MIA; as in, it doesn't appear in the Start Menu nor the Desktop, nothing in the Program Files folder (restarting or logging on/off doesn't do anything).

    I'm at wit's end here...

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    That sounds like correct behaviour for an MSI applied to a User GPO to me. What is it you want to do?

    We install our software to the computer rather than the user here. So the MSI's are assigned via a Computer GPO. They then auto install when the computer boots up.

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    I want GP to auto-install some software (FF, Opera, Paint.net, among others) in case the user uninstalls it by accident or otherwise.

    Assigned to Computer, the machine itself, and the user logging on. Made sure to auto-install when he logs on, nothing worked. I looked in the event log and it somehow cannot find the network folder. However, I can see it perfectly fine on the machine after the test user logs on (he doesn't have admin rights either).

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    when you created the policy and pointed to the msi file did you point ot the local file ie c:\ msi.msi or the unc path? ie \\server\share\package.msi?

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    UNC path.

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    Have you checked the permissions on the folder share with the MSI's? I think the computer (or a group the computer belongs to) needs to have atleast read access of that folder.

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    Everyone has at least Read permissions.

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    given 'domain computers' access?

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    Here's the issue:

    The current GPO is able to push out the old software out without a problem, and also doesn't let users uninstall it. This is perfect, this is what I want. However, as soon as I add any new software, the new one won't install. They all come from the same folder, same privileges, pretty much same everything but it still doesn't let me. I've done a gpupdate, restarted, made sure there weren't errors on the logs... I really don't know. =[

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    Best to do from new folder I even if java went point up will go from new folder as might be reading old folder structure

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    If you have your gpo set to asynchronous, which is the default, it will take 2 reboots before they apply.

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    Spiffy, got this thing working. Office is a bit of a pain to get it working the way I want it to but that's because we don't have a VLK (only 25 employees, growing very slowly).

    Thanks for helping out, everyone. I really mean that.

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