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Installing EIOBoard via Group Policy on Windows Server 2012
Posted by Tyler Skene on 10 October 2013 05:46 PM

Installing EIOBoard via Group Policy on Windows Server 2012

  1. Download the latest MSI from our releases website at 


  1. Save the files into one publicly shared folder.  Steps 3-7 will walk you through creating one.

  2. Right click the folder, then click the properties button.

  3. Select the Sharing tab and then select the Advanced Sharing button.

  4. Enable the Share this Folder option

  5. Click the Permissions button

  6. Give full control to Everyone and read access to Authenticated User also give read access to any group that you want to deploy the program to.

  7. Write down the UNC Path (Network Path) that is located on the Properties window under the sharing tab

  8. Go to the Security tab

  9. Give Authenticated User, Domain User, and any other user groups that you want to deploy the program to, read and execute permission

  10. Go into the Group Policy Management console, in order to make a policy to deploy EIOBoard (Enter the control panel and click on Administrative tools then select Group Policy Management)

12. Make a new Group policy object and name it appropriately

13. Right Click your policy that you created  and select edit.
14. Follow the buttons:  User Configuration > Policies > Software Settings > Software Installations
15. Right click the blank area and select the New button >> Package… button

16. Make sure that you provide the UNC Path (Network Path)  (\\<hostname>\GPO or \\\GPO ) to the application in the file name box. If you get a warning message about making sure it is accessible you have not provided the right path 

17. Next you will be asked, whether the application should be published, assigned or, advanced. If you are deploying to computers which this guide is demonstrating make sure that assigned is selected.


18. Create a Group Policy Object (steps 11-17) for all of the EIOBoard interfaces that you want to add (Application and Outlook Add-In .msi files)

Note: If you have not created the Policy directly under the Domain, navigate back to the policy you created and drag it into your Domain, Confirm that you would like to link the Policy in your domain.

19. Now once you complete that you can close the policy editor and enforce the policy (which means to make sure the setting will not be overwritten by another policy), to do this:

1. Click the policy that you are working on within your domain

2. Click the “Linked Group Policy Objects” tab

3. Right click the group policy object

4. Select the “Enforced” option



Now for safe measure perform a Group Policy update on the client computer, to do this open a command command prompt on the target computer and type gpupdate /force

This will provide a basic install on all machines in the domain or in the OU that you applied the policy too. This will require them to set up the EIOBoard server etc., to bypass this in the same group policy you can edit the registry to provide all of that information.


(NOTE: Make sure EIO Board application is installed on the server for quicker editing)

1. To do this, save these files in the same folder as the MSI files for EIOBoard.

2. Right click the EIOBoardInstallApp.bat file and edit it

3. Change the information to the correct paths (underlined in the image below)


4. Right click the EIOBoardApp32.reg file and click edit

5. If you are EIOBoard Hosted you do not need to change the website. If you are Customer Hosted you have to change the website name to your EIOBoard website. For example look at the underlined image below.

NOTE: This link describes what the different registry keys do:

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the EIOBoardApp 64.reg file

7. Right click the group policy and click the edit button.

8.  Follow the buttons User Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Scripts (Logon/Logoff) > Logon.

9. Click the Add button

10. Browse to the EIOBoardInstallApp.bat file and select it (Use the Network Path, starts with \\)

11. Repeat the process for the EIOBoardInstallOutlook.bat file if you want the Outlook Add In.

Once that has been complete you can perform a gpupdate /force one more time on the client computer if desired, and then all changes should appear upon next reboot on the client machines that the policy is applied to.