Note that this page demonstrates how to deploy the free version of TeamViewer through Group Policies. This version is only
allowed for personal use. If you use TeamViewer for non-personal use, you must activate a license key on each computer or
expand the MSI package to include licensing information.
The first step is to start the EXE-to-MSI wizard (also known as the Deployment Package Wizard). If you started in App Factory
mode, this is one of the main icons. If you are in Scripting Mode, switch to App Factory mode in the top menu.
If you are using the MSI edition, you will see an EXE-to-MSI icon in the top menu.
On the second page of the wizard, the type of output package must be selected. Here we must select TeamViewer in the list.
There are templates for TeamViewer, Avast and MalwareBytes, but you can repack any type of installation using the top
two options, which is explained further down this page. These three templates are basically just expanded versions of
the generic EXE-to-MSI, which is the first option in the list.
The current setup file must be downloaded from www.teamviewer.com
and place it in the working directory that you specify as the setup file directory.
The wizard will look for a file starting with "TeamViewer_Setup" in this directory,
as the setup file is by default named this and may be appended by a language string.
Clicking next will show launch condition options. This allows you to not install TeamViewer on certain computers,
such as servers. This means that you can deploy the package to an entire OU or container in your Active Directory
with Group Policies and avoid having it install on for example servers and virtual machines.
The first page lets you block on hardware and operating system. The second launch condition page lets you block based on
Active Directory information:
To understand how launch conditions can actually work with Group Policies, we have to look at what the wizard does.
There are generally four scenarios with FastTrack Automation Studio to create MSI files, as shown below.
What we are doing here is using the option to the left. The MSI that wraps around the TeamViewer setup file is always
installed, but it does not do anything other than register as an program in the Windows programs list,
if it hits a launch condition blocking. This means that from the point
view of Group Policies or SCCM, the installation is always successful and will therefore never try to resend
the MSI file. This is why there was also an option on the first page to use a setup MSI file inside the controller MSI,
because then you can let the controller MSI always install, but only install the setup MSI on certain conditions,
essentially allowing you to deploy all your software to all computers using Group Policies.
Clicking next in the wizard after launch conditions will ask you for name of the output MSI file. This is the controller MSI
file that contains the TeamViewer installer. On success, the complete page is shown. Notice how it displays a script that
you can open in Scripting Mode and edit. Essentially the wizard does nothing more than compiling this script and your
TeamViewer setup file an MSI file. If you are not happy with the installation script or your need to expand it with,
say licensing information, you can just open and edit the template script in Scripting Mode and save
it to the same folder as the TeamViewer setup file. You are now using the third box in the
drawing above, where you build your own custom MSI package. This is explain in a more detail at the bottom.
Note that if you used launch conditions, you will notice that conditions were inserted at the top of the script, which
is why it is a good idea to let the wizard create a template script, in case you need to extend or modify the functionality.
That's it! You now have an MSI file that will install TeamViewer unattended,
which you can now assign as a software installation to Group Policy.
As a general advice for Group Policy MSI deployment, you should check the
uninstall option, to make sure that your MSI file will uninstall on all machines,
if you remove the GPO MSI package.
Note that if you are using a trial version of FastTrack Automation Studio, the package will only deploy to 5 computers,
as this is what the trial edition allows - the rest will behave similar to launch conditions,
where the setup exe is not executed.
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You can use the MSI edition, if you only need Teamviewer deployment. If you want to use other FastTrack Automation Studio
features also, the Enterprise edition is recommended.
Similar articles are available. Click here
for an article on
installing MalwareBytes unattended and here
for one on Avast.