Deployment using group policies of Microsoft Windows

It is recommended that you perform the initial deployment of Network Agents through Microsoft Windows group policies if the following conditions are met:

This deployment scheme consists of the following:

An advantage of this deployment scheme is that assigned applications are installed on target devices while the operating system is loading, that is, even before the user logs in to the system. Even if a user with sufficient rights removes the application, it will be reinstalled at the next launch of the operating system. This deployment scheme's shortcoming is that changes made by the administrator to the group policy will not take effect until the devices are restarted (if no additional tools are involved).

You can use group policies to install both Network Agent and other applications if their respective installers are in Windows Installer format.

When this deployment scheme is selected, you must also assess the load on the file resource from which files will be copied to devices after applying the Windows group policy.

Handling Microsoft Windows policies through the remote installation task of Kaspersky Security Center

The simplest way to install applications through group policies of Microsoft Windows is to select the Assign package installation in Active Directory group policies option in the properties of the remote installation task of Kaspersky Security Center. In this case, Administration Server automatically performs the following actions when you run the task:

To make this feature operable, in the task properties, specify an account that has write permissions in Active Directory group policies.

If you intend to install both Network Agent and another application through the same task, selecting the Assign package installation in Active Directory group policies option causes the application to create an installation object in the Active Directory policy for Network Agent only. The second application selected in the task will be installed through the tools of Network Agent as soon as the latter is installed on the device. If you want to install an application other than Network Agent through Windows group policies, you must create an installation task for this installation package only (without the Network Agent package). Not every application can be installed using Microsoft Windows group policies. To find out about this capability, you can refer to information about the possible methods for installing the application.

If required objects are created in the group policy by using Kaspersky Security Center tools, the shared folder of Kaspersky Security Center will be used as the source of the installation package. When planning the deployment, you must correlate the reading speed for this folder with the number of devices and the size of the distribution package to be installed. It may be useful to locate the shared folder of Kaspersky Security Center in a high-performance dedicated file repository.

In addition to its ease of use, automatic creation of Windows group policies through Kaspersky Security Center has this advantage: when planning Network Agent installation, you can easily specify the Kaspersky Security Center administration group into which devices will be automatically moved after installation completes. You can specify this group in the New Task Wizard or in the settings window of the remote installation task.

When handling Windows group policies through Kaspersky Security Center, you can specify devices for a group policy object by creating a security group. Kaspersky Security Center synchronizes the contents of the security group with the current set of devices in the task. When using other tools for handling group policies, you can associate objects of group policies with selected OUs of Active Directory directly.

Unassisted installation of applications through policies of Microsoft Windows

The administrator can create objects required for installation in a Windows group policy on his or her own behalf. In this case, he or she can provide links to packages stored in the shared folder of Kaspersky Security Center, or upload those packages to a dedicated file server and then provide links to them.

The following installation scenarios are possible:

See also:

Installing an application through Active Directory group policies

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