As everyone knows, GP (Group Policy) is an Active Directory based tool that lets the system administrators to centrally set, manage and maintain a “desired computing state” for groups of computers on a network. In this article, let’s discuss about using Acrobat software and its inventory feature of GP to enable the enhanced deployment ability for Acrobat products on a Windows based network. If you’re ready to deploy Acrobat software using GP, make sure that you’ve installed the Group Policy Management Console. You can download it here.
Usually, GP applies its policies in the form of Group Policy Objects (GPOs). You can apply the GPOs to users or computers by using one of two processes: Publishing or assigning. In the case of Acrobat deployment, you can either publish or assign the Acrobat software that you deploy. The assigned software is automatically installed when the client computer is restarted. Moreover, the published software is added to the Add or Remove Programs control panel (under Add New Programs) for a user and can be added or removed at any time. GP can be applied either to users or computers. If you publish or assign software to a particular user, the installed software will be available for him when the user logs on to the network for the next time.
Another thing is that this software will be available only for that particular user. At the same time, if you assign a software to a computer, it will be available for all the users who log on to that particular computer.
Active Directory lets you publish or assign software to many users at one time. It will be useful for deploying software based on group membership. GPOs are normally applied only to those members of Active Directory organizational units (OUs) to which the GPO is linked.