A. Windows 2000 provides built in ability to publish applications to users, groups of users and domains however some of this functionality is still possible with Windows NT 4.0.
It's possible to add a Network Install tab to the 4.0 based clients with a list of installable applications as follows:
- Copy the file apps.inf from the %systemroot%\inf directory of a server to a network share on a server
- Open the copied version of apps.inf and insert the lines in red (although
your applications and their locations will be different)
Signature = $Chicago$
LayoutFile = layout.inf
Paint Shop Pro=\\titanic\Apps\psp\setup.exe
The clients need to be configured to look at the updated apps.inf file on the server by a registry update:
- Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
- Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
- From the Edit menu select New - String Value
- Enter a name of AppInstallPath
- Double click the new value and set to the location of the shares apps.inf file, e.g. \\titanic\inffiles\apps.inf
- Close the registry editor
Starting the Add/Remove Programs control panel applet will now show a new Network Install tab.
Obviously editing the registry on every client will be time consuming and so if you implement system policies you can include this as part of the policy using the following .adm file:
CATEGORY "Network Install"
POLICY "Location of the Network install information"
PART "Locations" EDITTEXT
PART "Create Network Install ability" TEXT END PART
END CATEGORY ;