We deploy our apps using Group Policy. All is fine apart from laptop users. Whenever they login to the laptop offline using cached credentials, the MSIs uninstall themselves from the machine, as if they are out of scope of the policy.

Does anyone know a way around this?

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Yes, one of the application deployment (software installation policies) options when you specify the package is to "uininstall when the computer falls out of the scope of this policy". If you turn that off then you are set.
Answered 06/08/2004 by: cdupuis
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Dont put your workstations and laptops in the same OU.

Create a Laptop OU because they have more specific settings that you dont want to inflict on workstations.

ie creation of dialup connections and installation of modems etc.

You can also set the ou to not uninstall apps if the laptop is either not network connected or in offline mode.

You may also want to set policies so that laptops dont install applications or updates while on a dialup connection. Very smart :)

In order to maintain these sorts of rules.....its preferable for laptops to have their own OU.
Answered 06/10/2004 by: MSIMaker
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