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Create an MSI package to mass deploy Iperius Remote via GPO
Among the numerous advanced features made available by Iperius Remote, a very important one is the possibility of creating an MSI package for the massive and silent distribution and installation of the software, on all the computers of a network/domain, using the Group Policies (group policy) of Windows (GPO).
System administrators know perfectly well what we are talking about, and are able to configure the GPOs to install Iperius Remote via MSI on all computers within a domain by means of a simple configuration on the server acting as domain controller.
The first thing to do is obviously generate the MSI package. This can be done using the functionality to generate a customized Iperius Remote client (with which you can perfectly adapt the software to your corporate brand). This feature is included for free in the Pro versions, while it must be purchased separately (one-off) for the Small and Medium versions. You can find more information on the purchase page: https://www.iperiusremote.com/iperius-remote-control-software-shop.aspx.
How to generate the custom client and MSI package:
To create the MSI package, read the related guide.
How to bulk install MSI package:
Once you have generated and downloaded the MSI package, it can immediately be used for distribution and massive and silent installation on all computers in the network. The Iperius MSI file does not require an additional MST file for configuration, given that all the fundamental information is already integrated within the setup thanks to the customization process.
In fact, when creating a custom setup and MSI package, we also need to specify a custom password . This will be used to automatically install the software as a Windows service and then automatically start it in unattended mode. In addition to this, we can also specify the Master account which identifies our license. Thanks to this, once Iperius has started on the various computers in silent mode, all the computers will automatically be added to the address book of your license, and it will immediately be possible to connect to all the computers in remote desktop, directly from the address book and without having to specify no password.
For those who don’t know how to deploy an MSI package to domain computers, let’s see below the steps to follow:
Use Group Policy (GPO) to install software remotely
In this simple guide we will see how to install Iperius Remote massively and silently on all computers in a domain, using the MSI package and a simple group policy configuration (GPO) on the domain controller.
On the server acting as domain controller, create a shared folder and put the .MSI setup inside this folder:
Let’s share the folder giving Everyone read permissions:
So, in our case, the full path to the MSI file in the shared folder will be:
How to create the Group Policy Object (GPO):
In the Server Manager, go to “Tools” and then click on the “Group Policy Management” menu item. In the management window, we right-click on the domain name and then on the menu item to create a group policy in the domain, as shown in the image below:
Give a name from the group policy you are creating:
Then right-click on the entry you just created and then on “Edit”:
In the group policy editing window, go to Computer Configuration and then right click on “Software installation”, as shown in the image and then on the menu items to add a new package:
Select the .MSI file with the path of the shared folder on the network:
Select “Assigned” mode:
Click OK, then you can see the line like the following image:
Now do the same thing for the “User Configuration” section, i.e. select the MSI package:
Select “Assigned” mode:
Now right click on the line that was created and go to “Properties”.
Then go to the “Deployment” tab and select the item to install the software at user logon.
At this point, the group policy configuration is finished. The policies are updated by the various clients every 90 minutes and, at the next user logon, Iperius Remote will be installed automatically and started in silent mode. If we want to force the updating of the policies, we can do it, on the clients, with a simple command:
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