Would you like to learn how to use a group policy to install an MSI package? In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a group policy to install an MSI package automatically on the domain computers.

• Windows 2012 R2
• Windows 2016
• Windows 2019
• Windows 10
• Windows 7

Hardware List:

The following section presents the list of equipment used to create this Windows tutorial.

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Tutorial GPO - Install an MSI package

Create a shared folder and place a copy of the MSI package.

This will be the distribution point of the MSI package to the network.

GPO - MSI Installation

In our example, a shared folder named SOFTWARE was created.

All the domain users and all the domain computers were given read permission over this folder.

GPO - Sharing permission

In our example, this is the path to access the network share.

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On the domain controller, open the group policy management tool.

Windows 2012 - Group Policy Management

Create a new group policy.

Windows 2012 - Group Policy Objects

Enter a name for the new group policy.

Windows - Add GPO

In our example, the new GPO was named: MY-GPO.

On the Group Policy Management screen, expand the folder named Group Policy Objects.

Right-click your new Group Policy Object and select the Edit option.

Windows - Edit GPO

On the group policy editor screen, expand the Computer configuration folder and locate the following item.

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Right-click on the Software installation folder and select the option to add a package.

GPO - MSI Package installation

Select the MSI package using the network share.

MSI Package installation via GPO

Select the ASSIGNED option.

GPO - MSI deployment method

In our example, we are going to install the MSI package of the 7-ZIP software.

GPO - MSI installation tutorial

To save the group policy configuration, you need to close the Group Policy editor.

Congratulations! You have finished the GPO creation.

Tutorial - Applying the GPO to install the MSI package

On the Group policy management screen, you need to right-click the Organizational Unit desired and select the option to link an existent GPO.

Windows-2012-Applocker application

In our example, we are going to link the group policy named MY-GPO to the root of the domain.

GPO- tutorial linking

After applying the GPO you need to wait for 10 or 20 minutes.

During this time the GPO will be replicated to other domain controllers.

To test the configuration, reboot a remote computer and verify if the software was automatically installed.

GPO - MSI Installed

The remote computer must be able to access the network share where the MSI package is located.

In our example, an MSI package was installed using GPO on all the domain computers.