HOWTO

Distribution of SwyxIt! via group policies of Active Directory (kb2197)

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • SwyxIt! all versions

[ Summary | Information | Links ]


Summary

The installation or update of SwyxIt! can be either done manually or it can be automated by the administrator in one of the following ways:

This articles describes how to distribute SwyxIt! via group policies of Active Directory.

We recommend to assign an automated SwyxIt! installation only to a computer object, but not to a user object, when using group policies of Active Directory.


Information

First time installation

To distribute SwyxIt! on Windows 2000 / Windows XP systems the first time, step through the following instructions:

  1. Start Active Directory User and Computer Snap-in.
  2. Select the Active Directory container (site, domain or organisational unit), where you want to configure / modify a policy for software installation. Right-click this folder and select Properties.

    KB 2197-1 - start configuration
    KB 2197-1 - start configuration
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  3. Change to the Group policies tab.
  4. Choose an existing policy or create a new one and click the Edit button.

    KB 2197-2 - choose policy
    KB 2197-2 - choose policy
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  5. Select Computer configuration | Software settings | Software installation.
  6. Right-click in the detail pane and select New | Package …

    KB 2197-3 - new SW install
    KB 2197-3 - new SW install
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  7. Enter a UNC-path (e. g. \\<server name>\<directory name>\SwyxIt!EnglishUK_Setup.msi) to the SwyxIt!-Setup, when it is provided by a share. If the Setup is stored locally on each client system, enter the local path. In both cases the system account needs access to the setup. Then click Open.

    KB 2197-4 - select setup
    KB 2197-4 - select setup
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  8. Choose Assigned as deployment method and click OK.

    KB 2197-5 - deploy method
    KB 2197-5 - deploy method
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  9. After these steps, the Group policy dialog will look like this:

    KB 2197-6 - gpedit with SW package
    KB 2197-6 - gpedit with SW package
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  10. Close all opened windows, selecting OK / exit.

The next time a Windows 2000 / Windows XP client system reboots, SwyxIt will be automatically installed on this system.

Update

In order to update a via group policy and Active Directory distributed SwyxIt! installation, step through the following instructions:

  1. Configure a new software installation with the new SwyxIt!-Setup (like mentioned above).
  2. Continue configuration, when both packages are displayed in detail pane.
  3. Right-click the software installation packet, which should update the older version and select Properties.

    KB 2197-7 - configure an update
    KB 2197-7 - configure an update
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  4. Change to the Upgrades tab.

    KB 2197-8 - select old package
    KB 2197-8 - select old package
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  5. Click Add and select the application, which will be replaced.

    KB 2197-9 - select update method
    KB 2197-9 - select update method
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  6. Select upgrade method: uninstall existing package.
  7. Select OK | Apply | OK.

    KB 2197-10 - update properties
    KB 2197-10 - update properties
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  8. After this additional configuration, a green arrow will be displayed in front of the installation package, in the group policy editor .

    KB 2197-11 - end of config
    KB 2197-11 - end of config
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  9. Close all opened windows, selecting OK / exit.

The next time a Windows 2000 / Windows XP client system logs onto the domain, SwyxIt! will be automatically updated.

 

Troubleshooting and Tools:

  • use the tool Resultant Set Of Policies on server site, to verify, that there is no misconfiguration in your policy. Rightklick on your GPO, where the policy is specifid (site, domain or OU) and choose All tasks | Resultant Set Of Policies (Planning) …
  • Check Active Domain Replication (e. g. with tool replmon, addiag, dcdiag)
  • Check for errors of Distributed File System or File Replication Service (e. g. with Eventlog, FRSdiag, ntFRSutl).
  • Try ro access the Group Policy Template file GPT.INI, stored at \\<domain>\SYSVOL\<domainname>\Policies\{Policy-GID}.
  • Initiate an update of policies with the command line tool gpupdate.exe.
  • Check for received policy changes on the client systems, using Resultant Set Of Policies (rsop.msc) and command line tool gpresult.exe.
  • Enable logging for userenv.log (details in knowledgebase article KB221833 from Microsoft, see references).

Links

As far as software supplied or used by us, includes open source elements the additional terms under https://www.swyx.com/open-source apply in addition. An overview which products from the Swyx portfolio include open source elements and which open source license is relevant can be found under https://www.swyx.com/open-source.

The third-party contact information included in this article is provided to help you find the technical support you need. This contact information is subject to change without notice. Swyx in no way guarantees the accuracy of this third-party contact information nor is responsible for it's content.


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