Windows Thread, Wireless Laptops and MSI's in Technical; Does anyone else have issues with software which is installed by Group Policy, onto laptops using a wireless connection.
23rd April 2008, 04:02 PM #1
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Wireless Laptops and MSI's
Does anyone else have issues with software which is installed by Group Policy, onto laptops using a wireless connection.
Some software installs fine but others don't and will only install when a network cable is used.
23rd April 2008, 04:55 PM #2
i think you will always have issues with GPO deployed software over wireless.
there is just not enough bandwidth.
if anyone knows how to make it work please tell me!
i have one school where it will work:
i only have 3 laptops on
they are sitting right under the access point.
generally you will need to periodically wire them in to get the software there.
of deliver by some other method, eg. login script.
23rd April 2008, 05:37 PM #3
It really depends how big the MSI is and how reliable the wireless connection is. For example, if you deployed Adobe Reader (which is about 20MB) this should be fine, but if you tried to deploy MS Office it would take forever over wireless!
23rd April 2008, 11:06 PM #4
Dont hold me to this but i believe there is a gpo setting in computer config - admin template - system - logon, called wait for network connection or something, this i think forces windows to wait until it is fully connected with update gpo settings before displaying the logon screen.
23rd April 2008, 11:28 PM #5
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you may find that some wireless nertwork connections dont actually connect to the network until windows is loaded, i had this on a dell laptop the other day. didnt get chance to find a fix, just used a cable in the end.
24th April 2008, 12:09 PM #6
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The laptops are useing the Intel Pro Set - with Pre logon connect and the software is in the 20meg size.
What do people think of the Windows wireless cleint?
24th April 2008, 12:35 PM #7
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Try disable "slow link detection" in Computer Config, Admin Templates, System, User Profiles
Edit: And I use XP's Wireless config
24th April 2008, 09:33 PM #8
I promise never to say anything bad about my network of unmanaged dlink APs! We have ALMOST no problem with wireless on them!
We don't have wait for network on either - the only difference is it takes an extra restart to pick up the software. On the next restart, it will wait for the network anyway.
Yes, I wouldn't try to install Office over the wireless connection on 15 laptops at once - but I've certainly done it on, 10. Yes, it takes ages, but I'm drinking tea!
24th April 2008, 09:41 PM #9
If your not using this policy i would try it. Once you have set it force group policy to update.
Originally Posted by jmcdermott
24th April 2008, 09:57 PM #10
I forgot to say:
I know you probably have already, but it is worth checking that you've got up to date drivers. Some of the intel ones are really rubbish - in fact on one model I've given up with the internal card because it keeps dropping connections and use PCMCIA cards instead.
25th April 2008, 12:40 PM #11
Just a note of thanks on this topic...
I've got 63 laptops pending and I'm seriously considering the WDS/RIS install implications...
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