WORKING WITH ACTIVE DIRECTORY GROUP POLICY OBJECTS is not for the inexperienced nor faint of heart. But if you are willing and able, installing, managing, and updating FileMaker Pro on Windows machines is easily done from the Windows server.
David Nahodyl of Blue Feather walks us through the process of setting up a Group Policy Object in Windows and configuring it to install and update FileMaker Pro:
If you’re working in an office with Active Directory and you have more than a couple of computers to install FileMaker Pro on it can be very convenient to use a Group Policy Object to deploy FileMaker to different computers on your domain. This prevents you from having to go to each machine and run the setup program. A GPO can also be used to install updates or uninstall FileMaker Pro to different machines on your network. This guide will show you how to set up a GPO to deploy FileMaker Pro to your domain.
- Deploy FileMaker Pro to a group of computers using an Active Directory Group Policy Object (GPO)
- Bulk update FileMaker Pro to the latest version using a GPO
- Volume License of FileMaker Pro
- A Windows Active Directory server
- Familiarity with Active Directory
- A Windows target computer (this will not work for Macs)
- Administrator access to make changes to Active Directory
- Administrator access on a machine you can store and share installer files from using a windows share
Check it out at the link below and see if it is a fit for your organization.