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Microsoft® Windows® Group Policy Guide by William R. Stanek, Derek Melber, Darren Mar-Elia, The Microsoft Group Policy Team

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Understanding Group Policy Software Installation

Software Installation policy isn’t meant to replace enterprise solutions such as Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS). Instead, it is designed as a versatile and easy-to-use departmental solution for deploying and maintaining software. Before diving into actual deployment, let’s look at:

  • How software installation works

  • What you need to know to prepare for installation

  • How to set up the install location

  • What limitations apply

How Software Installation Works

Software Installation through Group Policy works like this: You define one or more applications within a Group Policy object (GPO) in your Active Directory domain. When a user or computer processes that GPO, any applications that have been defined ...

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