How to use 'Upgrade Package' in a GPO?

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Hi

I have created a package with an install of say Software v1.
I then later use the 'upgrade' tab of the same gpo and upgrade to Software v2
So the gpo has 2 packages in it - the original software v1 and the new
upgrade to software v2.
I also have 2 folders on my server to match softwareV1 and softwareV2.
If I am sure software v2 is now fully deployed can I remove software v1 from
the GPO and remove the folder from the server?
Will the software v2 change from an upgrade to a 'normal' install?
Will any new machines having this GPO applied just get software v2?

Thanks

M
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.group_policy (More info?)

    How I have done this is as follows:

    You have a GPO that installs Software v1 ( let's use Office 2000 ). It is
    assigned to the user configuration side of things. It works just swell.
    You have a nice Administrative Installation Point ( AIP ) to which you have
    applied all of the Office 2000 Service Packs and the Updates and then simply
    'redeployed' each time you have updated the AIP. All is good.

    Now, your company has decided that they are finally going to standardize on
    Office XP. Office 2003 is still too new and some of the applications that
    you use ( like WinTAM, for example ) can not yet run with Office 2003. What
    to do?

    Create the new AIP and apply the Office XP Service Packs and Updates. Then
    create a new GPO which is going to install Office XP and link it to the same
    OU where you have the GPO that installs Office 2000. In the Upgrade tab of
    your Office XP GPO would simply enter your Office 2000 GPO. The trick is
    that you need to make sure that when you right click the OU in which your
    user account objects reside and select Properties and then go to the Group
    Policy tab that the Office XP GPO is listed above the Office 2000 GPO.
    Remember, the GPO listed on the bottom is processed first, the one above
    that next, the one above that one next and finally the one at the top of the
    list is processed last.

    This has worked for me just swell several times.......

    --
    Cary W. Shultz
    Roanoke, VA 24014
    Microsoft Active Directory MVP

    http://www.activedirectory-win2000.com
    http://www.grouppolicy-win2000.com


    "huff-n-puff" <huffnpuff@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:D9CC666C-D0E5-4DC3-9C54-143E50A93ADC@microsoft.com...
    > Hi
    >
    > I have created a package with an install of say Software v1.
    > I then later use the 'upgrade' tab of the same gpo and upgrade to Software
    > v2
    > So the gpo has 2 packages in it - the original software v1 and the new
    > upgrade to software v2.
    > I also have 2 folders on my server to match softwareV1 and softwareV2.
    > If I am sure software v2 is now fully deployed can I remove software v1
    > from
    > the GPO and remove the folder from the server?
    > Will the software v2 change from an upgrade to a 'normal' install?
    > Will any new machines having this GPO applied just get software v2?
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > M
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.group_policy (More info?)

    As a follow up question, using your scenario, Cary, once all of the users
    are using Office XP, can you go ahead and delete the 2000 AIP and GPO?... or
    is that something you have to leave in there forever (or at least until you
    switch to some other Office product (like there is one)?)

    Ken


    "Cary Shultz [A.D. MVP]" <cwshultz@mvps.org> wrote in message
    news:O$w4gqq$EHA.1452@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    > How I have done this is as follows:
    >
    > You have a GPO that installs Software v1 ( let's use Office 2000 ). It is
    > assigned to the user configuration side of things. It works just swell.
    > You have a nice Administrative Installation Point ( AIP ) to which you
    > have applied all of the Office 2000 Service Packs and the Updates and then
    > simply 'redeployed' each time you have updated the AIP. All is good.
    >
    > Now, your company has decided that they are finally going to standardize
    > on Office XP. Office 2003 is still too new and some of the applications
    > that you use ( like WinTAM, for example ) can not yet run with Office
    > 2003. What to do?
    >
    > Create the new AIP and apply the Office XP Service Packs and Updates.
    > Then create a new GPO which is going to install Office XP and link it to
    > the same OU where you have the GPO that installs Office 2000. In the
    > Upgrade tab of your Office XP GPO would simply enter your Office 2000 GPO.
    > The trick is that you need to make sure that when you right click the OU
    > in which your user account objects reside and select Properties and then
    > go to the Group Policy tab that the Office XP GPO is listed above the
    > Office 2000 GPO. Remember, the GPO listed on the bottom is processed
    > first, the one above that next, the one above that one next and finally
    > the one at the top of the list is processed last.
    >
    > This has worked for me just swell several times.......
    >
    > --
    > Cary W. Shultz
    > Roanoke, VA 24014
    > Microsoft Active Directory MVP
    >
    > http://www.activedirectory-win2000.com
    > http://www.grouppolicy-win2000.com
    >
    >
    >
    > "huff-n-puff" <huffnpuff@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:D9CC666C-D0E5-4DC3-9C54-143E50A93ADC@microsoft.com...
    >> Hi
    >>
    >> I have created a package with an install of say Software v1.
    >> I then later use the 'upgrade' tab of the same gpo and upgrade to
    >> Software v2
    >> So the gpo has 2 packages in it - the original software v1 and the new
    >> upgrade to software v2.
    >> I also have 2 folders on my server to match softwareV1 and softwareV2.
    >> If I am sure software v2 is now fully deployed can I remove software v1
    >> from
    >> the GPO and remove the folder from the server?
    >> Will the software v2 change from an upgrade to a 'normal' install?
    >> Will any new machines having this GPO applied just get software v2?
    >>
    >> Thanks
    >>
    >> M
    >
    >
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