Publish an application

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To publish an application

  1. Open Group Policy Software Installation.

  2. Right-click in the details pane, point to New, and then click Package.

  3. In the Open dialog box, click the Windows Installer package to be published, and then click Open.

  4. In the Deploy Software dialog box, click Published.


  • To complete this procedure, you must be logged on as a member of the Domain Administrators security group, the Enterprise Administrators security group, or the Group Policy Creator Owners security group.

  • To open Group Policy Software Installation, see Related Topics.

  • Packages can be published only to users, not to computers.

  • The Open dialog box shows the packages that are located at a software distribution point that you specify as the default. For instructions on how to set the default software distribution point, see Related Topics.

  • If the Windows Installer package is located on a different shared network directory, navigate to the correct software distribution point in the Open dialog box, click the package, and then click Open.

  • The application is available for users to install either by using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel or by opening a file with a file name extension that you have associated with the application. For information about how to associate a file name extension with an application, see Related Topics.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Set Group Policy Software Installation defaults
Specify automatic installation options based on file name extension
Open Group Policy Software Installation
Open Group Policy Object Editor
Group Policy Software Installation overview
Group Policy Software Installation