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    Deploying dot net 3.5

    Alas I have to deploy dot net 3.5 to make an application work. Well it actually requires 2.0 but I may as well do the latest version.

    Question is, has anyone done this via group policy? I don't fancy using WSUS as this is a massive install so I would like to push it out via AD on a room by room basis.

    Microsoft don't really give you a solution, just basically a command line to run the .exe installer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenWonder View Post
    Alas I have to deploy dot net 3.5 to make an application work. Well it actually requires 2.0 but I may as well do the latest version.
    They're not interchangeable, if it requires 2.0 you need to install 2.0.

    You can extract the MSIs from the mass thingybob, but I think you need the redistributable package for that.

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    It depends on which 3.5 package you install. Sorry, should have made that clearer.

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    Yes its the latest 3.5 that includes earlier versions. I haven't tried using WSUS as this tends be more less predictable as to when the installs occur (as opposed to a GP which will install on next reboot)

    I guess theres always a manual install - its a big package and can cause problems if it goes wrong!

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    .NET 3.5 SP1 includes SP2 for .NET 2.0 and 3.0 just to clarify You still need to install each version in turn.

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    I'm going to try a small WSUS group installing .NET 2 first - even that is a 200mb installer by the looks of it

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    I tried to deploy 3.5 with a GPO (to the whole site) and it broke SIMS I then had to do another GPO to uninstall 3.5 and reinstall 2.0 - which worked but was time consuming

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    You can download a full installer which is the complete 2.0 SP2, 3.0 SP2 and 3.5 SP1. I think this is it: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...c-fe5076bba986.

    Yes, it is big! I stopped installing .NET framework by GPO after we had endless issues. We put it in the base image, and manually install the machines not recently re-imaged that need it.

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    I used to deploy using GPO but I ran into some odd issues like I couldn't uninstall .NET2.0 once a service pack had been applied it failed to remove be tried at every reboot. In the end I had to uninstall each superseeding version all the way back to 2.0 it would then uninstall. After that I used WSUS and it's been no problem ever since just do it at the next half term as .NET 3.5 can take a while on even half decent PC's.

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