Assigning is Group Policy Software Installations

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You are given the option of publishing or assigning software when you are doing a group policy based software installation. What is the difference?

Installing software with group policy allows you to take a very large task and completely automate it. If you have ever done this, you will know that when you set up your GPO, you are given the option to either publish or assign the software package.

Assigning an application is very straightforward, as it basically just installs the software on the next log in after the GPO is applied. Publishing a package however is a different thing all together. When you publish a package, it is not actually installed on the computer, but rather, it gives the end user the option of installing it. Once it is applied to a specific computer, the end user of that computer can open the Add/Remove Programs dialog from the control panel and choose to install the package from there.

It is also important to note that a package can be assigned to a user or computer, but can only be published to users.

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