I am planning to deploy updates for java and flash. What is the preferred method for creating these types of deployment? Create a software install package using the MSI and MST or using Windows installer command line to call the EXE when the computer is started?

If I use the GP software install package, is there a way to specify a quiet install? If so, how?

If I use the windows command line do I just create a batch file to call the EXE file with the necessary switches? Do I need to copy the EXE file to the client?

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GP dictates using MSI/MST only. GP-based installs are always silent.

BTW, there is a dedicated Group Policy forum on AppDeploy.
Answered 03/17/2011 by: VBScab
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GP dictates using MSI/MST only

You can also use .zap files to deploy non-MSI setups via group policy - plenty of info on technet if this floats your boat...

Start here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/231747

Answered 03/17/2011 by: MSIPackager
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GP-based installs are always silent.

Not necessarily, if you choose to deploy the package to users you can in the "installation interface user options" choose "Maximum" in combination that you doesn´t choose "Install this application at logon" (assign only) show the installation dialogs to the user.
Not that I recommend it, I usually deploy to mahcines but if I deploy to users I always choose "Install this application at logon". The users at my customer that uses GP-based installs doesn´t need to see the installation and none of them wants to get the installation when they click the icon.

Answered 03/18/2011 by: Mackan75
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I don't know what happened to the addendum I made, where I added "by default." but then yesterday wasn't a good day for me and forum posts LOL
Answered 03/18/2011 by: VBScab
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