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How to Install Software Using Group Policy?

Posted in Articles, MCSA, Servers3 years ago • Written by Shais3 Comments

As a Network administrator you should know software deployment is the most important task for System Administrator. So lets go through how to install software using Group Policy on network clients. It’s not difficult but need some basic networking and Windows Server knowledge.

How to Install Software using Group Policy?

Let’s start with installing some software in Windows 10 through group policy. I’m using Windows 10 as client and Windows Server 2012 R2 for Server. Create a folder in Server and share it with appropriate permission for domain users to execute msi files.

Share the folder for App Deployment

Share the folder for App Deployment

Here I have create AppDeployment folder. The folder contains all software you want to install them through group policy.

Now go to Server Manager Dashboard and open the Group Policy Management or simply type Gpmc.msc in Windows Run.

Group Policy Object in Windows Server 2012 R2

Group Policy Object in Windows Server 2012 R2

In Group Policy Management console, create a new GPO and link it to your domain. I have created App Deployment for technig .local domain.

Create a GPO in this domains and Link it here

Create a GPO in this domains and Link it here

Right click the App Deployment and click edit in order to edit the policy. In the Group Policy Management Editor go to the Software installation through Computer Configuration > Policies > Software Settings > Software Installation.

Software Installation Using Group Policy

Software Installation Using Group Policy

To create a new software package, right click the Software installation > New  then click Package.

Software Deployment Directory

Software Deployment Directory

In the opened windows, using the UNC path of the software and select the software. Here I want to install 7zip software for Technig.local clients.

Deploy Software

Deploy Software

On the Deploy Software windows select Assigned then click OK.

Install software at logon

Install software at Logon

Go to Properties of software on the Deployment tab, check the Install this application at logon then click OK. Now close all opened windows and update the Windows Policy by typing Gpupdate /force /logoff on Windows Run or Command Prompt. Maybe this will need to restart your PC.

Test Software Deployment on Windows 10

Now check the Windows 10  to insure that whether the software has installed or not.

App Deployment in Windows 10 Using Group Policy

App Deployment in Windows 10 Using Group Policy

You can see the 7zip has been installed successfully on Windows 10 at logon through group policy.


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3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. BismillahNovember 19, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Thank you ustad, it was useful and performed well.

    • Shais
      ShaisNovember 20, 2015 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Your welcome dear Bismillah.

  2. TaulantMay 18, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Hallo,

    thanks for your tutorial. I try to do this in my company, but i suffer to get the installation done due to the missing installation-permissions on the clients. how can i get this done through the permissions?

    regards taulant

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