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Creating the Secure Managed Desktop: Using Group Policy, SoftGrid, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, and Other Management Tools by Jeremy Moskowitz

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4.9. Final Thoughts

In this chapter we inspected Software Installation using Group Policy, or just GPSI for short. GPSI works with Active Directory and Windows clients. Use Microsoft SMS (or another tool) for non-Windows 2000, Windows 2003, and Windows XP clients. Use WSUS for patch management because patches to Windows are not deployable using GPSI (more on this in Chapter 8).

In order to make the most of GPSI, you really need to leverage .MSI applications. You can either get .MSI applications from your software vendor, or wrap up your own with third-party tools (listed in this chapter and also in the companion book's Appendix and "Third-Party Group Policy Tools" on this book's website).

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