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Our IT dept wants to roll out a windows service across all machines on its domain. The machines are running Windows XP. Is this possible? Also, is it possible to have targetted rollout to a subset of the machines?

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Can you provide a bit more detail? Is this a service that exists and needs to be started and run or something new? – Dave M Jan 11 '12 at 14:19
Also, this question would be better suited to ServerFault. Hold on and it will be moved shortly. – tombull89 Jan 11 '12 at 14:49

Typically, for software deployment you'd use (or find a way to create) a .msi package and deploy that to the Organisational Unit that contains the computers in the domain. The software would then run as a service, although this would need testing beforehand.

You could also use batch files/login scripts to run the service from a shared area on login as well, although it depends on the enviroment.

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You can rollout .msi's and applications easily so a solution may be to compile the service and any changes/registry entries you need into an installation package.

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