70-640_Lesson09_PPT_041009

70-640_Lesson09_PPT_041009 - Performing Software I...

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Unformatted text preview: Performing Software I nstallation Performing Software I nstallation with Group Policy with Group Policy Lesson 9 Skills Matrix Skills Matrix Technology Skill Objective Domain Objective # Managing Software Through Group Policy Configure software deployment GPOs 4.5 Managing Software through Group Policy Managing Software through Group Policy Group Policy can be used to install, upgrade, patch, or remove software applications when a computer is started, when a user logs on to the network, or when a user accesses a file associated with a program that is not currently on the users computer. Group Policy can be used to fix problems associated with applications. For example, if a user inadvertently deletes a file from an application, Group Policy can be used to launch a repair process that will fix the application. .MSI File .MSI File Microsoft Windows Server 2008 uses the Windows I nstaller with Group Policy to install and manage software that is packaged into an . msi file . The Windows I nstaller Service, responsible for automating the installation and configuration of the designated software. The Windows I nstaller Service requires a package file (.msi file) that contains all of the pertinent information about the MSI File MSI File The .msi file: I s a relational database file that is copied to the target computer system with the program files it deploys. Assists in the self-healing process for damaged applications and clean application removal. Consists of external source files that may be required for the installation or removal of software. I ncludes summary information about the software and the package. I ncludes reference point to the path where the installation files are located. .MST File .MST File You may need to modify Windows I nstaller files to better suit the needs of your corporate network. Modifications to .msi files require transform files, which have an .mst extension. Patch file (.msp) Patch file (.msp) Windows I nstaller files with the .msp extension serve as patch files. Patch files are used to apply service packs and hot fixes to installed software. I nstead, it contains, at minimum, a database transform procedure that adds patching information to the target installation package database. For this reason, .msp files should be located in the same folder as the original .msi file when you want the patch to be applied as part of the Group Policy software installation. This allows the patch file to be applied to the original package or .msi file. ZAP File ZAP File When repackaging an application is not an option and...
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