How to automate program installation

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Active Directory
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows XP
Windows Server Update Services
We are running Windows Server 2003 with our users on Windows XP Pro SP2/SP3. We would like to see if we could configure a set up where a program of our choice would automatically install onto a PC when the user logs in. All PCs are set up in different groups in Active Directory and are updated with Windows Server Update Services.

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Create new group policy and edit the software settings -software installation under computer configuration part to assign or publish the required software. You need to create a shared folder and dump the required software and map the same in the group policy software assign the policy to OU and run gpupdate /force.

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  • Littlejuanito7
    Does the software have to be in .msi format? If it does, how do you convert an .exe file to .msi? Will the file loose anything if converted to an .msi file?
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