How to Install Software Using Group Policy?
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.
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.
In Group Policy Management console, create a new GPO and link it to your domain. I have created App Deployment for technig .local domain.
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.
To create a new software package, right click the Software installation > New then click Package.
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.
On the Deploy Software windows select Assigned then click OK.
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.
You can see the 7zip has been installed successfully on Windows 10 at logon through group policy.