Deployment of MSIs via GPO is killing our laptop trolleys! Can I throttle it?
I'm using AD and assigned GPOs to send application installs to our laptops (90) and desktop (60)computers. This technical process works a treat on wired machines, and also works just fine on wireless machines as they pick up the package before the logon prompt appears.
I work in a primary school. All our class and ICT suite desktops are fine - they pick up the package quickly. Even the teacher laptops work fine as they are switched on at staggered intervals and our wireless is strong enough to cope with pumping out a quick install package per user.
But ... (you knew that bit was coming! ;-) )
We have three laptop trolleys with 16 laptops in each. The nature of these is that they are taken to a classroom and then the laptops are all switched on at once. Suddenly a 100Mb install package becomes 16 times bigger and all the machines (and sometimes the WAPs too) grind to a stop. This is even with each trolley having its own pair of dedicated WAPs on a separate SSID that are plugged into wall points in the classroom when the trolley is used.
Is there any way of throttling the install behaviour of MSI deployments via GPO? I'm finding that any time I need to do an install of more than a few Mb, out come the 3 trolleys, so that's 48 laptops for me to nanny a few at a time through the install process (log on, run gpupdate, reboot and wait for install to finish. then shut down and pick the next few.)
Any solution you can suggest appreciated, even if it means moving to commercial software, though this would need to be a very affordable solution due to the nature of the site.
Note that I'm using BITS to successfully throttle patch (Windows update) downloads to prevent the same problem occuring on Microsoft's monthly patch day, but that doesn't seem to affect the app deployment side.
Many thanks in advance