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How to silently deploy inSync Client using Active Directory Group Policy

Summary

This articles describes how to use the Microsoft Active Directory Group Policy to automatically distribute and deploy the inSync Client installable (MSI) across domain computers or users.

The "assign software" method of Group Policy can be used for both domain computers and users. If the installable is assigned to a user, it gets installed when the user logs on to any computer using the domain credentials. When assigned to the computer, it gets installed when the PC boots up and is available to all the users on the PC. The installation gets finalized only when the application is started for the first time.

Create a Distribution Point

To assign the installable (MSI), first create distribution point on the publishing server:

  1. Log in as domain administrator.

  2. Create a network share and place inSync client (MSI) in it.

  3. Set folder permissions to allow all the computers to access the installable. 

Note: Windows 2003/2008 Group Policy automated program installation requires Druva inSync v3+ client (MSI) and PCs running Windows XP/Vista.

Create a Group Policy Object

To create a Group Policy Object (GPO):

  1. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers console.

  2. In the console tree, right click  the domain and click Properties.

  3. Click  Group Policy and select New.

  4. Choose a name for the policy (e.g. "Druva inSync distribution") and click OK.

  5. Select the group policy object in the list and click Properties and then open the Security tab.

  6. Choose the groups for which you want to apply the policy.

  7. Click OK.

Assign the Installable

To assign the installable MSI package to the domain computers:

  1. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers console.

  2. In the console tree, right click your domain and click Properties.

  3. Select a group policy object in the list and click Edit.

  4. Under Computer Configuration, expand Software Settings.

  5. Right click  Software Installation, select New and then click Package.

  6. Type the full UNC path of the shared installable (e.g. "//file-server/share/Druvaa-inSync-Client-ver-3.0.2.msi").

  7. Click Assign to assign the package and it will get listed in the right pane of the Group Policy window.

Note: Changes to the policy are not applied immediately, but depend upon the Group Policy update interval. The managed software package will be automatically installed when the computer starts.

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