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Old 10-19-01, 07:05 PM
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Best way to install updates to software on a group of network computers?

Hi,

I have a network running windows 2000 professional, with a win2k Domain Controller.

I would like to know what the best way to 'push' software out to these clients. I need to upgrade all of them to:

Windows SP2 (they currently have sp1)
Office 2k SR-2 (they currently have SR-1 or None)
Add all the windows updates from windowsupdate.microsoft.com
Upgrade to IE 6 (they currently have 5 or 5.5)
Upgrade to Acrobat Reader 5.0 (they currently have 4.0)

Is this possible? Also, at the same time, we are converting everyone to a new domain, thus we have to copy their user profile from the old domain to the new one. (these are locally stored user profiles) Is there a way to automate this?

Thanks in advance!
Old 10-19-01, 07:19 PM
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Lot of questions, it can be done however you really need something like SMS to push the apps, which would mean needing to create packages etc..

As to the domain change profiles etc, not sure about that one if they are local profiles, i.e. on the workstation, then there should not be an issue, as long as they can see the new domain they should log in with no issue.

Profiles don't as far as I know relate in any way to the domain.
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Re: Best way to install updates to software on a group of network computers?

Originally posted by MitzEclipse
Hi,

I have a network running windows 2000 professional, with a win2k Domain Controller.

I would like to know what the best way to 'push' software out to these clients.
SMS would be one way, Win2k domain policies could also be used and it wouldn't have the cost associated with SMS. I don't have any resources right off hand for doing this with domain policies, but if you search the MS web site you should be able to come up with something.


Is this possible? Also, at the same time, we are converting everyone to a new domain, thus we have to copy their user profile from the old domain to the new one. (these are locally stored user profiles) Is there a way to automate this?

Thanks in advance!
Like BadlyDrawnBoy said, if these are local profiles, then you don't have to do anything. When the machines join the new domain, the users will still have access to their local profiles.
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THanks for the suggestions on SMS. We do not use sms right now, so that isn't an option. Is there any other way of pushing apps to the desktop?


As far as the user profiles goes, if the machine joins a new domain, and the user trys to login again, they'll be able to login fine, but it'll be like a new machine... their desktop, wallpaper, mydocuments are in the older profile (from the other domain) thus you have to copy the profiles.

Any tips on how to automate this would be great!
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SMS is the best way to go, but give this a read

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000...grouppolwp.asp

As for the user profiles, MTZ is right when the user changes domains the new domain/username is going to be a new profile (you sleeping dead? ) as it is different from the old domain/username.

No real way to automate because you need to login as the new user to create the profile, then follow this

http://support.microsoft.com/support...CH&SPR=WIN2000
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Originally posted by 4KRG

As for the user profiles, MTZ is right when the user changes domains the new domain/username is going to be a new profile (you sleeping dead? ) as it is different from the old domain/username.

Eh, must have been. For some reason I was thinking about local profiles as in logging into "this computer" and having a profile which really is local to the machine. Now that I read it again, it seems obvious that this was *not* what he was talking about.

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