I know we can use tools like Altiris or SCCM to run something in the System Account but can you run an EXE via GPO's that will run As a Serive on your XP workstations?

We want to trigger something that will run at Machine Startup and run as a service.

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- GPOs can't run EXEs, other than via a start-up or log-in script. You could create an MSI to install the EXE as well as set the appropriate registry value to run at start-up. That MSI could be deployed as a machine-based policy.
- The NT Resource Kit contained a command line tool called SRVANY which would take any EXE and run it as a service. I think SysInternals have something similar.
Answered 02/12/2010 by: VBScab
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Hi. Actually I was able to run an EXE from GPO. This is on a Server 2008 box. Under Computer you can run Start Up/Shutdown scritps and you can call an EXE.

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Answered 02/12/2010 by: mhsl808
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.......ssssssssssssso....a start-up script, then. Pretty much as I said. :)
Answered 02/12/2010 by: VBScab
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If you want to run something other than MSI, MSP etc. through GPO, you need to have what is called as a ZAP file.
Answered 02/16/2010 by: milindsm
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ORIGINAL: milindsm

If you want to run something other than MSI, MSP etc. through GPO, you need to have what is called as a ZAP file.


True, I think you can only use these in user assigned policies, not machine assigned. More info here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/231747
Answered 02/16/2010 by: MSIPackager
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