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Use group policies to deploy IAP Desktop automatically

IAP Desktop is distributed as a Windows Installer package (.msi). To automatically roll out IAP Desktop to multiple workstations, you can use a software configuration management tool such as System Center or you can configure a Active Directory Group Policy . object (GPO).

Distribute IAP Desktop using a GPO

You can use a group policy object (GPO) to automatically install IAP Desktop for your users:

  1. Download the IAP Desktop MSI package and copy it to a file share that is readable by domain users.
  2. In the Group Policy Management Console, create or select a GPO.
  3. Link the GPO to an organizational unit that contains the users who should be able to use IAP Desktop.

    Note: IAP Desktop is installed per-user, not per-computer. The scope must be configured so that it captures relevant users, not computers.

  4. Right-click the GPO and select Edit.

  5. Navigate to User Configuration > Policies > Software Settings > Software installation
  6. In the right window pane, right click on the empty list and select New > Package.
    1. Enter the UNC path to the IAP Desktop MSI package.
    2. In the Deploy software dialog, select Assigned and click OK.
  7. Right-click IAP Desktop in the list of packages and select Properties.
    1. Switch to the Deployment tab.
    2. Set Install this application at logon to Enabled.
    3. Click Advanced
    4. Set Ignore language when deploying this package to Enabled, then click OK.
    5. Click OK to close the properties dialog.
  8. Close the Group Policy Management Editor window.

If you distribute IAP Desktop by using group policy, it's best to disable automatic updates. See next section for details.

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