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Best Practices

  • Verify network share security. Use network shares to hold the installation source code and .msi files for applications being installed through GPOs. Always verify that average users have Read access to the share. Inability to read the share is the most common problem when software fails to install through a GPO.

  • Use fault-tolerant DFS nodes. Fault-tolerant DFS nodes will use the IP address of a workstation to determine which physical network share to use when fulfilling a software installation request. It also provides fault- tolerance, which prevents the need to redeploy packages to recover from installation failure.

  • Organize software deployment. Don't assign an application to one group of users and then publish it to another. You should also try to avoid deploying the same application through two different GPOs. Instead, create one GPO and link it to different OUs. You should also be careful not to have the same application installed twice along the same branch of an OU hierarchy. The more structured and organized your deployment planning and documentation, the easier it will be to troubleshoot later.


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