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December 31, 1969
December 31, 1969

Problem

Single GPO install of x86 and x64 nFront Password Filter

Details

This article explains how to use one GPO to push the installation of the 32-bit and 64-bit version of nFront Password Filter.  

Affected Products

This is an example of creating one GPO which deploys 32 and 64 bit versions of nFront Password Filter to 2 different member servers.  One member server is Windows 2003 (32-bit) and the other is Windows 2008 R2 (x64). 

 

Place the MSI files in a shared directory on a server.  We suggest you make the share Read Only for Authenticated Users and make it a hidden share.  

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The servers are in a single OU that will be targeted by the software deployment GPO.

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We create the GPO and link it to the target OU.

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Notice the software is specified based on the UNC share name.  Actually using an FQDN instead of the server's NetBIOS name would have been even better as DNS is more reliable for name resolution.

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Edit the policy.  Go to Deployment tab and click Advanced button at bottom.

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Uncheck the box to make the 32-bit app available to x64 machines.  

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The GPO will look like this.  It appears the 2 MSI packages are the same but one is 32-bit and the other is 64-bit.  If you right-click and select properties for each you will notice the difference in Platform.

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This is a 32-bit app (Platform=Intel)

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This is the x64 app (Platform = AMD64)

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The x64 app has no option to "make 32-bit app available to x64 servers"

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