Hi Guys, we run a Windows NT4 Network at present with ZENWORKS. We use ZEN to push out applications \ copy files from network drives to local machine \ delete files \ change registry settings etc.

We are going to be moving to Server 2003 and are going to possibly get rid of ZEN. We was thinking that we could get Active Directory to do most of what we want as allot of our applications use MSI. We have allot of registry changes that we could not fix through GPO,

My Questions are

1 Can I use an MSI to only fix a registry setting and nothing else?

2 Can I use an MSI to copy a directory from a network location to a local machine?

I will probably have more questions but this is enough to get started.

Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

Thank for your time in advance
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Hi, in my experience MSI technology would not be suitable for the update and maintenance tasks that you mention above.

I would either use mandatory SMS packages to launch either shell scripts to VBS code or Machine start-up scripts.

If you use MSI you may get into issues with profile fix ups on values you want to alter at a later date.

You could use GPOs to update the registry but you would have to craft your own ADM template files.

Cheers,

JamesT
Answered 01/26/2005 by: ST170SP1
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