Here is our vision: We would like to set up some software distribution policies to install a set of applications common to all machines on our domain. (Anti virus, Instant Messanger, things of that nature). Each piece of software I imagine will require its own policy.
Right now I have three questions/problems that are interconnected.
The easiest way I can think of to set this up would be to target our "Workstations" OU in active directory. Once we join a machine to the domain, we drop it in its designated Sub OU and it should get the software we want. Is there a better way to do this?
The "Workstations" OU has sub OU's underneath it. If I am targeting the root of that tree, will it also apply the policies to nodes of that tree? Or does that depend on how the query is designed?
Lastly, what happens to preexisting machines? If I remember correctly, if a machine had our instant messenger installed by hand for instance and not by LANDesk, won't LANDesk assume that the software needs to be installed since it did not install it? I imagine that would create all kinds of havoc.
Would I need to create a prequisite query that says if the instant messanger is in the software inventory, then don't install?
What else am I missing?