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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Setting Up the Group Policy Software Installation Extension

Before deploying software using Group Policy, create a shared folder or DFS folder to store the setup files, and create a GPO for application deployment, as discussed in this section.

Creating a Software Distribution Point

To deploy applications using Group Policy, first create a software distribution point on the network that contains the setup files for the applications. (Make sure you have appropriate licenses for the applications.) The best way to do this is to create a folder structure in DFS. This allows you to alter the location of the software distribution point without breaking application deployment, add multiple folder targets for load balancing, and set up WAN-friendly replication, ...

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