Computer Policy and Permissions | Application Management

For the longest time I have had no problems with Windows Server 2003 and Active Directory for software distribution… until one day.

No software packages would install, I would get the following error:

“Failed to apply changes to software installation settings. Software changes could not be applied. A previous log entry with details should exist. The error was : The installation source for this product is not available. Verify that the source exists and that you can access it.”

permissions were set on the installation directory for both the user and computer accounts. I was baffled, and then it hit me – check the share permissions. Duh! I could browse the folder all I wanted as the useraccount had the necessary permissions… but the computer account could not access the share during the boot process.


Add domain computers to the share permissions with read permissions and I was in business. Ran “gpupdate” on the clients and rebooted – “installing applications”.


It’s always the little things that get you.