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5th September 2011, 05:59 PM #1
Tool to find a replace a file on multiple (hundreds) of workstation
following on from my thread about an outlook problem, we have created a PRF file that works for test users, but we need a way to deploy the new version.
we have approx 700 workstations that have the incorrect PRF file on them in a known location, we need a tool (be it a windows utility, like lan spider, or a batch file to be run at logon) to replace the wrong one and copy the right one.
5th September 2011, 06:13 PM #2
You could use this if all you want to do is copy and replace a file
copy /y (servershare) (Destination)
copy /y \\server1\shares\hello.txt C:\windows
It will copy the hello.txt from the share to c:\windows on the client machine and replace the file if it already exists. If your using windows server and group policy you can set it as a startup script to push it out to the machines you need to.
5th September 2011, 06:14 PM #3
Group Policies Preferences is what I've used before now to fix up odd little files like that, works very well.
5th September 2011, 06:34 PM #4
Second vote for GPP.
Originally Posted by RobFuller
5th September 2011, 06:40 PM #5
Third vote for GPP.
5th September 2011, 07:00 PM #6
5th September 2011, 07:04 PM #7
I'll be the dumb one and ask... what is GPP? *Goes off googling*
5th September 2011, 07:37 PM #8
Thanks to Arthur from:
ihaveaproblem (5th September 2011)
5th September 2011, 07:46 PM #9
Fifth vote for GPP
Originally Posted by Arthur
5th September 2011, 08:09 PM #10
If all machines are on then we use Impero to place a file.
5th September 2011, 10:32 PM #11
GPP works a treat, not sure what I would do without it!
6th September 2011, 08:01 AM #12
Last edited by mac_shinobi; 6th September 2011 at 08:04 AM.
6th September 2011, 08:09 AM #13
As far as I'm aware, GPP needs the client side extensions on the clients if you're using XP clients, and would need a Windows 2008 DC to handle it (GPP was added with 2008 server).
6th September 2011, 10:24 AM #14
Actually you can just install Group Policy Management on any server running 2008.
Originally Posted by localzuk
EDIT: Robocopy and a bit of scripting is another way to do it.
15th September 2011, 09:18 PM #15
the GPP option was not an option for us as our RM cc3 front end does not allow us access to all the MS aspects of GPO, GPP and AD, as such we used a simple VB script in the startup scripts to check for the prescence of the file, delete it and copy the new one. in all but a handful of cases it worked a treat.
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