Alt to GPO MSI installs for Laptops - Startup script?
This is probably going to sound like the dumbest, most obvious question ever but my brain is going into a BSOD loop when I try to get my head around this so hopefully folks can help.
I've got a school with over 80 laptops that I've completely started from scratch with. I did a RIS with a base install on, WSUS setup to push out updates and originally I was relying on GPO to push out applications.
I'm still trying to resolve issues with the laptops not pre-logging in to accept the Computer Settings from GPO's which predictably means the laptops don't get the GPO and can't access the server space for the installers. The pre-login side of things is pending but it's occured to me that there's another way to approach this and I'd rather not be forced to keep plugging laptops into a small hub every week for days at a time!
Would it be possible to run a startup script that grabs installers down to the local hard drive and then runs these installers either immediately after or on the next reboot?
I'm guessing I may have to get "cute" with the login scripts and get them to do the downloading based on some form of registry or text file "flags" which indicate what's required and from where... but aside from that I'm wondering if there are any potential issues with handling a silent exe install under the computer system account?
Also, I suppose it wouldn't hurt to know if someone else has already resolved this issue or similar and has some pointers.
I'll post up and resultant scripts and/or tips in the wiki so any suggestions will get due credit and be shared back.
Thanks in advance.