Hi all, any one have ideas on how to let a normal user install "allowed" applications? I normaly use Active Directory and deploy apps using MSI and Group Policy but we have one application that get's updated every month, in a normal use the user starts the application aand the application check its version and updates its self, i dont want to give the users any admin access or power user access. I was thinking of using psexec but that would involve users seeing passwords etc...

any ideas that dont cost :)

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Hi steve,
is this app coming as a MSI and the Updates as MSP's?

One approach would be, to have an administrative installpoint, which you update with each patch.
After that a simple 'redeploy the application' in the GPO's context menu should do the trick.

Regards, Nick
Answered 03/22/2007 by: nheim
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:) if only, the updates are .exe (install sheild i think) they spawn all sorts of other things during the update, i tried to repackage them as MSI (install on a clean computer with the base application on etc) but had more errors.

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stevef
Answered 03/23/2007 by: stevef1
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Hi Steve,
it depends on how many machines you have to do it.
One Aproach i did a few times: Do the admin install point and install from there.
For the updates: Install it on machine with some capture tool. Install the original app. Do a first shot with the capture tool.
Install the update and do a second shot with the capture tool. This will give you the delta from the update.
Now you can alter your install point with the files and settings from the delta, by hand.
Needles to say, that you should store copies of each version of the install point.
No beauty and time consuming but it works.
Hope, this gives you some ideas.
Regards, Nick
Answered 03/23/2007 by: nheim
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