Deploying the Fall 2014 Patch Via Group Policy


You can use Group Policy Software Deployment on your Windows domain to deploy the Fall 2014 patch to your users automatically during a restart.

Create your policy

  1. On your domain controller, open Group Policy Management in Administrative Tools.
  2. In the left hand pane, scroll down to Group Policy Objects, right click it, and choose New.
  3. Give your new policy a name (i.e. DyKnow patch). You should now have a new policy in your list of Group Policy Objects.
  4. Right-click the policy you just created and click Edit. This should open the Group Policy Object Editor. In the editor, expand Computer Configuration > Software Settings to reveal Software installation.
  5. Right-click Software installation and click New > Package. This will open a dialog for you to choose the location of the patch MSI file. This should be a network location that will be accessible to the clients you are trying to deploy to. Be sure to use the UNC path to the file (i.e. \\servername\sharefolder\InstallPatchMsi_x64.msi) instead of a mapped drive letter (i.e. E:\sharefolder\InstallPatchMsi_x64.msi) because mapped letters may not be available or the same for all of your clients.
  6. Once you choose the file path, it will ask for your deployment method. Choose Assigned and click OK.

Using one policy to deploy both 32-bit and 64-bit versions

You can use the same policy for both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the patch if you have a mixed environment by adding both versions to this policy. If you do this, you will want to modify the packages to differentiate them.

  1. Double-click a policy to edit it. Give the policy a name on the General tab. This name will be used to identify the installation in Programs and Features on the client.
  2. For the 32-bit version of the patch, click the Deployment tab and then click the Advanced... button.
  3. Uncheck the box for Make this 32-bit X86 application available to Win64 machines. This will prevent the 32-bit version from being offered or installed on your 64-bit clients.
  4. Click OK to close and save the dialogs. Close the Group Policy Object Editor.

Apply your policy

In Group Policy Management, choose the organizational unit(s) you want to apply your policy to, right-click and click Link an Existing GPO...

Use Active Directory Users and Computers to verify or choose the computers that are included in an organizational unit.

The patch should deploy to the clients in the organization unit(s) you have chosen the next time those clients restart after group policy has refreshed on those clients (dependent on your domain settings).

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