Installation Guide for MSI (Windows)
Domain admins can automatically deploy GoTo Meeting on multiple computers using the MSI. This is a convenient way for network domain admins to deploy and install the GoTo Meeting desktop app to thousands of users or computers throughout the network. In order to deploy, admins can create a group policy object (GPO) and link it to the network using the domain controller (Windows Server).
GoTo Meeting can also be installed for all users on the machine by running the MSI manually. The MSI supports installation for all users on the machine or for only the current user. This way of installation can be useful to admins who want to create a single OS image including GoTo Meeting, which is then distributed to multiple computers.
You may have multiple GoTo Meeting versions installed from Windows Installer (MSI) files on your computer. The active version is set by your GoTo Meeting admin on our GoTo Meeting server. If the active version is not available on your computer, it will be automatically downloaded and installed when you log in and start a session. To run sessions using the version installed by the MSI, your GoTo Meeting account must have the same version set on the server.
Installing via MSI is an advanced feature that requires administrator-level permissions on the target computer(s). Once GoToMeeting has been installed for all users on the machine, by default the automatic upgrades feature will be used to get updated versions as they are released and remove older ones (i.e., it is not necessary to install subsequent version updates via MSI). To control automatic upgrades on a computer level, a GPO policy controlling the automatic upgrades can be applied. Using SCCM or another tool to install the MSI on the SYSTEM Level does not allow for the setting flags to be modified.
Override Default Preferences
Some GoTo Meeting default preferences can be overridden and specified during the installation process by modifying the MSI Property table. The Custom parameters listed below can be controlled by command line arguments (for the currently logged-in user) or transform (.MST) files (for multiple users on a network domain).
|User Preferences||Description||Parameter||Valid Values||Default Value|
|Install for all users or for the current user only||
G2MINSTALLFORALLUSERS=1 means the product will be installed for all users on the machine.
G2MINSTALLFORALLUSERS=0 means the product will be installed for the current user only. This is the default mode.
Note that the product will be installed for all users if installed per machine via Group Policy, regardless of the value of the property.
First version that supports these MSI parameters is in v8.22.0, build 8473.
|G2MINSTALLFORALLUSERS||0 or 1||0|
|Start automatically at logon||Start GoTo Meeting automatically after the user logs in to the computer.||G2MRUNATLOGON||true or false||true|
|Integration||Specify a GoTo Meeting integration with other applications.||G2MINTEGRATION||None, Notes, Outlook, Email or Auto||none|
|Disable certain recordings||
Disable the ability to Record Screen from system tray and remove the "Recording" tab from the Preferences window.
First version that supports these MSI parameters is in v10.8.0.
|G2MDISABLERECORDINGMENU||true or false||false|
Enable or disable the inclusion of the audio conference in your session recordings.
|G2MRECAUDIO||true or false||true|
Convert the video content to Windows Media Player format.
|G2MRECCONVERT||true or false||false|
|Recording save location||Specify the location where the session recording files will be stored.||G2MRECPATH||< ..valid path.. >||< ...user personal folder... >|
|Chat save location||Specify the location where the chat log files are stored.||G2MCHATSAVEPATH||< ..valid path.. >||< ...user personal folder... >|
|Perform automatic updates||
Enable or disable the Automatic Updates (which proactively download updates while not in session).
For locked down environments, " false " is recommended because enabling automatic updates will also remove older builds.
Note that this MSI property controls only the per-user automatic updates. The per-machine automatic updates are not affected by this property.
See Control "Automatic Update" Settings (.ADM) for a group policy setting that can disable per-machine automatic updates. The same group policy setting can control the per-user automatic updates too.
|G2MPERFORMAVC||true or false||true*|
|Enable product entitlements and install shortcuts||
By default, if none of these arguments are specified, the MSI will install the product with entitlement for GoTo Meeting only. This means only shortcuts for GoTo Meeting will be installed and the system tray menu will show only G2M product entries. If you desire to customize the initial product entitlements installed, these arguments can be specified to the MSI Installation. Note that the product entitlements will be refreshed with the actual entitlements for the account when the user logs in for the first time. So these parameters control only the initial shortcuts and system tray menu entries until the user logs in.
For example, this can be useful if the customer has purchased both GoTo Meeting and GoTo Webinar, or only GoTo Webinar. In this case, they might want to install the product with G2M and G2W shortcuts and system tray menu items, or only G2W respectively (thus removing the G2M shortcut). Note that regardless of the entitlements specified to the MSI Installation, the correct product shortcuts will be installed once the user logs in. In the two examples above, they would specify the following MSI parameters respectively:
Product entitlements specified at install time control:
|G2MENABLED G2WENABLED G2TENABLED||true or false||true false false|
Pre-Configure Preferences with Transform Files (.MST)
Install MSI for current user
- Download the single-build MSI or multi-build MSI here.
Note: If you do not need to configure any specific settings, you can simply double-click the MSI file to begin the installation instead of continuing on to Step #2.
- Determine the appropriate command line text, as follows.
- Start with the basic installation text.
- To install in default mode, enter "msiexec /i < G2MSetupX.X.XXX_IT.msi >".
- To install in quiet mode, enter "msiexec /i < G2MSetupX.X.XXX_IT.msi > /quiet".
- Add on variables as desired. See examples of each below.
- View Override Default Preferences to learn more about which preferences you can modify with variables.
- View Pre-Configure Preferences with Transform Files (.MST) to learn about pre-packaging those custom preferences into a separate file.
- Open a Command Prompt window, then enter the command line determined in Step #2.
Example command lines
- Override individual default user preferences with custom values – msiexec /i < G2MSetupX.X.XXX_IT.msi > G2MRUNATLOGON=false G2MINTEGRATION=Notes G2MRECAUDIO=false G2MRECCONVERT=true G2MRECPATH="C:\My Recordings"
- Enable the installation process logging (refer to the “msiexec.exe” command help for more options) – msiexec /i < G2MSetupX.X.XXX_IT.msi > /l* C:\MyLogFile.log
- Apply a transform file (.MST) – msiexec /i < G2MSetupX.X.XXX_IT.msi > TRANSFORMS=CorporateSettings.mst
Uninstall MSI for current user
- Open a Command Prompt window.
- Enter the desired text:
- To uninstall in default mode, enter msiexec /x < G2MSetupX.X.XXX_IT.msi >.
- To uninstall in quiet mode, enter msiexec /x < G2MSetupX.X.XXX_IT.msi > /quiet.
Alternatively, you can uninstall GoTo Meeting manually under Control Panel > Programs and Features.
Install MSI for all users
- The MSI wizard
- The "G2MINSTALLFORALLUSERS" property (for silent installations)
MSI versions older than v8.22.0, build 8473 does not have the right specifications to run manually for all users. The default mode is to install for only the current user. To install older versions for all users, the MSI should be installed via Group Policy Object per machine. Note that all versions will continue to support installation via GPO.
After installing the MSI for all users, the product shortcuts will appear the next time the user logs in to Window (they will not appear for users currently logged in). Logged in users must log off and back on for the product shortcuts to appear.
Install on Computers within Network Domains (GPO)
Domain admins can automatically install GoToMeeting on multiple computers using the GoToMeeting MSI. This is a convenient way for network domain admins to deploy and install the GoToMeeting desktop app to thousands of users or computers throughout the network. To deploy GoToMeeting to multiple computers, domain admins can create a group policy object (GPO) and link it to the network using the domain controller (Windows Server).
Specify the target audience
- Deploying to users (or groups of users) will assign GoTo Meeting to specific individuals, regardless of which computer they log in to.
- Deploying to computers will assign GoTo Meeting to specific computers only, regardless of which user logs into them.
Note: It is not possible to apply transform (.MST) files to installations being deployed to computers. You can only use them when deploying to users or groups.
Specify the installation method
- Published [to users]:GoTo Meeting will be made available to specific users (or groups of users) on the network domain. They will see GoTo Meeting listed under Programs and Features, and it will be available for installation on demand.
Note: To download the application, the user can go to Control Panel > Programs and Features. In the left navigation, they can click Install a program from the network to see all the software published to you and available for installation.
- Assigned [to users or computers]:GoTo Meeting will be automatically installed for specific users, groups of users or computers in the network domain. The installation will be automatically performed the next time each user logs in or when the computer starts up.
- Advanced: Like with "Assigned", GoTo Meeting will be automatically installed for specific users, groups of users or computers in the network domain. However, "Advanced " also provides the option to apply additional user preferences by using a Windows Installer Transform (.mst) file as the installation package.
Override default preferences
- See Override Default Preferences to learn about the available custom parameters.
- See Pre-Configure Preferences with Transform Files (.MST) to learn more about pre-packaging the settings and applying them to your GPO.
- See Control "Automatic Update" Settings (.ADM) to learn more about changing the default settings for "Automatic Updates" (enabled by default).
- See Control "Prevent Shortcut Creation" Settings (.ADM) to learn more about preventing shortcuts (enabled by default).
Uninstall on Computers within Network Domains (GPO)
- Right-click the GPO and select Properties.
- On the Deployment tab, disable the “Uninstall this application when it falls out of the scope of management” check box.
However, we do not recommend using this method to uninstall GoTo Meeting from multiple computers at once because not all aspects of the installation can be removed in this way, so some remnants will be left behind on the computers. Instead, please have organizers uninstall GoTo Meeting manually under Control Panel > Programs and Features.
Control "Automatic Update" Settings (.ADM)
By default, the MSI is configured to have automatic updates on (the same as when installed from the EXE download). This means that the GoToMeeting desktop app will updated itself silently (and remove outdated builds) while the user is not in session. If you disable the setting, then the desktop app will wait until a session is joined or started to update itself. Domain administrators have the option to centrally control this settings by adding the GoToMeeting-AutomaticUpdates administrative template (.ADM) to their Group Policy Object Editor. This will automatically create a new GPO that provides additional configuration instructions. Domain administrators can request the GoToMeeting-AutomaticUpdates.adm file from a rep or download the .ADM file here.
Control "Prevent Shortcut Creation" Settings (.ADM)
By default, the GoTo Meeting desktop application creates shortcuts on the desktop and Start menu. Domain admins have the ability to prevent the creation of shortcuts by adding the GoTo Meeting-PreventCreatingShortcuts administrative template (.ADM) to their Group Policy Object Editor. This will automatically create a new GPO that provides additional configuration instructions.