Assign a program to a group
- Create a folder to hold the MSI package on a server. Share the folder by applying permissions that let users and computers read and run these files. Then, copy the MSI package files into this location.
- From a Windows 2000-based computer in the domain, log on as a domain administrator, and then start Active Directory Users and Computers.
Note You can apply Group Policy settings to domains, sites, and OUs.
- In Active Directory Users and Computers, right-click the container to which you want to link the GPO, click Properties, and then click the Group Policy tab.
- Create a new GPO for installing your MSI package, and then give the new GPO a descriptive name.
- While the new GPO is selected, click Edit. This starts the Group Policy Object Editor.
- Open and then right-click Software installation in the GPO, and then click New Package.
- You are prompted for the path of the Windows Installer file (.msi) for this package. View the network location that contains the Windows Installer file, click the file, and then click Open.
Warning If the Windows Installer file resides on the local hard disk, do not use a local path. Instead, use the UNC path of the local computer to indicate the location of the installation files. A UNC path takes the form \\servername\sharename\path\filename.msi.
- When you are prompted to choose between Assigned and Advanced Published or Assigned, click Assigned unless you have to modify the advanced options. You should now see the software package in the details pane of the Group Policy Object Editor.
- In Active Directory Users and Computers, click the container to which you linked your GPO. Right-click that container, click Properties, and then click the Group Policy tab.
- Click your GPO, and then click Properties.
- Click the Security tab, and then remove Authenticated Users from the list.
- Click Add, and then select the security group which you plan to have this policy applied to add it to the list.
- Select your security group, and then give them Read and "Apply Group Policy" permissions.
Article ID: 302430 - Last Review: Dec 16, 2009 - Revision: 1