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How to deploy software from an installation share with a group policy on Windows Server Essentials

When you have more than a couple of clients in your network you no longer want to run around with USB sticks and install software. There are better ways doing this, even with a Windows Server Essentials. You, as the admin, need to do some work but then you will see installing software on remote clients from your server is a breeze. In this tutorial, we will have a look at a default Windows Server Essentials 2016 installation. That installation has some default Organizational Units and Group Policies and we will use those to implement our software deployment. But we will also look at another situation where only a small part of our desktop clients should get the software pushed.

In this tutorial, we will deploy an antivirus package from Panda software but it can be any package as long as it is a .msi file and the package allows this type of installation. If you need more information on how to create a working installation package for your software deployment make sure you read the documentation of your vendor. Some of them require you to inject registration keys into the packages! We do not intend to explain everything concerning Group Policies but we merely want to offer you a solution that fits most small business but it can be a foundation for more thinking and creative solutions tailored to your own infrastructure. If you need help with that just ask me!

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