You can publish a program distribution to users. When the user logs on to the computer, the published program is displayed in the Add or Remove Programs dialog box, and it can be installed from there.
NOTE: Publishing Archive Manager Outlook Add-in Installers on a client computer requires elevated privileges to access file system areas or registry keys (for example: local administrators).
This section describes how to publish the Add-in Installer.msi to computer users and make it available for installation from the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel.
NOTE: Before you begin, make sure that required prerequisites for Add-in Installer.msi are installed and the logged user has elevated privileges on the clients computer. The distribution steps are almost the same as in the case of assign method, just after creating new software installation package (Add-ing Add-in setup into GPO - User configuration - Software installation) select the Published option.
This section describes how to publish the Outlook Add-in package (Add-in Installer.exe) to computer users and make it available for installation from the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel.
Add-in Installer.exe is a self extracting package, which extracts files to logged users temp folder and detects and installs all required prerequisites with Add-in setup.
Non-MSI programs (such as Add-in Installer.exe) can be published only to users, and they are installed using their existing Setup programs. Because non-MSI programs use their existing Setup programs, these programs cannot:
·Take advantage of elevated privileges for installation.
·Be installed on the first use of the software.
·Install a feature on the first use of the feature.
·Roll back an unsuccessful operation (install, modify, repair, or removal) or take advantage of other features of MSI.
To publish a non-MSI program, first you need to create a .zap file for the program. It is a text file with extension changed to *.zap. Create a .zap file for the program based on the following sample file:
; Only FriendlyName and SetupCommand are required,
; everything else is optional.
; FriendlyName is the name of the program that
; will appear in the software installation snap-in
; and the Add/Remove Programs tool.
FriendlyName = "Archive Manager_Add-in Installer_4_1_13"
; SetupCommand is the command line used to
; run the program's Setup.
; Long file name paths need to be quoted. For example:
SetupCommand = "\\server\share\ Add-in Installer.exe"
DisplayVersion = 4.1.13
; Version of the program that will appear
; in the software installation snap-in and the
; Add/Remove Programs tool.
Publisher = Metalogix
Before you begin make sure that the logged user has elevated privileges on the clients computer.
The distribution steps for publish Add-in Installer.exe:
·Copy Add-in Installer.exe into a shared folder (distribution point)
·Create Add-in Installer.zap file behind the Add-in Installer.exe
·Start the Group Policy Management Editor.
·Under User Configuration, expand Software Settings.
·Right-click User Software installation, point to New, and then click Package.
In the Open dialog box, type the full UNC path to the shared folder that contains the Add-in Installer.zap. For example, \\file server\share\Add-in Installer.zap
Important: Do not browse to the location. Ensure that you use the UNC path to the shared folder.
·Click Published, and then click OK. The package is listed in the right pane of the Group Policy window.
·Close the Group Policy snap-in.
·Log on to a workstation by using an account to which you published the package.
·Open the Control Panel.
·In the Install a program from the network list, click the program that you published, and then click Install. The Add-in Installer.exe will be installed as usual, as normal installation process.
In this section:
·How to catch errors during the installation process
·Assigned Add-in Installer.msi is not installed in a Client Computer during logon
·Assigned Add-in Installer.msi failed to install on a Client Computer during logon
·Archive Manager Outlook Add-in for all users is not loaded by MS Outlook
·Add-in is among disabled Add-ins and it is not possible to enable it.