Hi, I am use to SMS 2003, but need to use group policy to deploy in a new active directory domain we have set up. We want to deploy MSN Mesenger 7.5 and have followed the app deploy posts to extract the msi and we have also created a mst to go with it.

However we cannot find where we can add switches to make the install silent, sure you can add the mst in the advanced area, but what about additional commandline switches? Is this automatic in group policy? Also what the the best, most successful way to deploy to pcs - publish or assign?

many thanks

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There is no way to pass command lines to MSI's deployed via policy.

Publish or assign is up to you, but in my experience assign is a better option as it will install either at boot or login depending on how it's assigned, user or computer. The install's brief, requires no interaction, and by installing at boot your login you avoid any possible conflicts of deploying while other things are running.

If you have more questions let me know, we deploy roughly 450 apps via policy.
Answered 07/14/2006 by: Bladerun
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Research into the LIMITUI property. If this property is set correctly, it should force a silent install and you can let the policy run it normally. Another way would maybe be to mess around with the Dialog table and remove them? I've not tried either myself to see the effects but in theory it could be done?
Answered 08/10/2006 by: aurora
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I need to deploy a new version of Symantec Antivirus to over 400 computers. The last update include to much manual intervention. I need a silent insall of Symantec through Group Policy. How can I deploy this version and have it install in the background while individuals are still using there computers. I tested the install at logon with a few machines but management wants this to be unknown to users. I am in a bind
Answered 08/16/2006 by: avengerad
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