Use Group Policies to Assign a Deployment to Computers

 
 
 

Perform the following procedures from a Windows XP computer or a Windows 2000 or 2003 server that has Group Policy Management Console installed, and has access to the Active Directory server.

NoteFor more information, go to Microsoft TechNet and search for "Group Policy Management Console".

To assign a deployment to a computer

  1. Start the Group Policy Management Console (gpmc.msc).
  2. Right-click the organizational unit where you want to create the group policy object (GPO). Then select Create and Link a GPO Here and name the Group Policy.
  3. Edit the policy.
  4. In the Group Policy Object Editor dialog box, under Software Settings, right-click Software Installation, and click New Package.
  5. In the Open dialog box, navigate to the administrative image created by the deployment process. Navigate to AdminImage\<processor type>\<product name folder>. The processor type is either x86 or x64, depending on the processor type for which you created your deployment.
    Examples
    For x86 deployments:

    \\server123\Deployment\AdminImage\x86\acad

    For x64 deployments:

    \\server123\Deployment\AdminImage\x64\acad

  6. Select the Windows Installer Packages file called acad-<deployment name>.msi. Click Open.

    If the deployment was called “Design 2013 32 bit,” then the deployment’s MSI file would be acad-Design 2013 32 bit.msi.

  7. In the Deploy Software dialog box, select Advanced and click OK.
  8. In the Properties dialog box, Modifications tab, click Add.
  9. In the Open dialog box, select the Transform Package file called acad-<deployment name>.mst). Click Open.
  10. In the Properties dialog box, Modifications tab, click Add.
  11. In the Open dialog box, navigate to <deployment location>\Tools and select the Transform Package file called gpo.mst.
  12. Click OK to complete the package.

Adding a Language Pack

If your product uses language packs, you may need to add a language pack to your package.

To add a language pack

  1. In the Group Policy Object Editor dialog box, under Software Settings, right-click Software Installation for the same object, and then click New Package.
  2. In the Open dialog box, navigate to the location of the administrative image that you specified when creating the deployment. Navigate to AdminImage\<processor type>\<locale>\acad\acadlp.msi. Click Open.

    The <locale> used in the examples is en-us for US English.

    Examples
    For x86 deployments: \\server123\Deployment\AdminImage\x86\en-us\acad
    For x64 deployments: \\server123\Deployment\AdminImage\x64\en-us\acad
  3. In the Deploy Software dialog box select Advanced and click OK.
  4. In the <product name> Properties dialog box, Modifications tab, click Add.
  5. In the Open dialog box, select the Transform Package file called acad-<deployment name>.mst located at AdminImage\<processor type>\acad. Click Open.
  6. In the <product name> Properties dialog box, Modifications tab, click Add.
  7. In the Open dialog box, navigate to <deployment location>\Tools and select the Transform Package file called gpo.mst.
  8. Click OK to complete the package.

To add the product-specific package

  1. In the Group Policy Object Editor dialog box, under Software Settings, right-click Software Installation for the same object, and then click New Package.
  2. In the Open dialog box, navigate to the location of the administrative image that you specified when creating the deployment. Navigate to AdminImage\<processor type>\<locale>\acadps.msi. Click Open.

    The <locale> used in the examples is en-us for US English.

    Examples
    For x86 deployments: \\server123\Deployment\AdminImage\x86\en-us\acad
    For x64 deployments: \\server123\Deployment\AdminImage\x64\en-us\acad
  3. In the Deploy Software dialog box select Advanced and click OK.
  4. In the <product name> Properties dialog box, Modifications tab, click Add.
  5. In the Open dialog box, select the Transform Package file called acad-<deployment name>.mst located at AdminImage\<processor type>\acad. Click Open.
  6. In the <product name> Properties dialog box, Modifications tab, click Add.
  7. In the Open dialog box, navigate to <deployment location>\Tools and select the Transform Package file called gpo.mst.
  8. Click OK to complete the package.

The GPO is now assigned to all computers that are members of the organizational unit for which the GPO was created. The next time a computer in the organizational unit is restarted, the program will be installed and will be available for all users of the computer. See Verify a Group Policy Deployment to confirm that the group policy has been created correctly.