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For a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 version of this article, see
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324750/ )How to assign software to a specific group by using Group Policy in Windows Server 2003
NoticeThis article applies to Windows 2000. Support for Windows 2000 ends on July 13, 2010. The Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center
(http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=http%3a%2f%2fsupport.microsoft.com%2fwin2000)is a starting point for planning your migration strategy from Windows 2000. For more information see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy
You can use Group Policy to assign or to publish software to users or computers in a domain. Additionally, it is useful to be able to deploy software based on group membership. A Group Policy object (GPO) is usually applied only to members of an organizational unit (OU) to which the GPO is linked. Because a user cannot be located in several OUs at the same time, you must be able to apply Group Policy settings outside the boundaries of OUs. This article describes how to have your software deployment policy applied to users who are not in an OU.
Assign a program to a group
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/227302/ )Using SECEDIT to force a Group Policy refresh immediately
For more information about how to deploy programs by using Group Policy, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/224330/ )Assigning a Windows Installer Package with minimal interaction
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257718/ )How to create a third-party Microsoft Installer package (MSI)
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278472/ )Packages assigned to computers with Group Policy are not installed
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/269732/ )How to obtain the Windows Installer Package (Update.msi) for Windows 2000 service packs
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278503/ )Best practices for using Update.msi to deploy service packs