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Windows Egnyte Drive Mass Deployment Guide


This guide will provide step by step instructions on how to setup a Mass Deployment of the Egnyte Drive for Windows through a Windows Group Policy. The instructions provided can be augmented to satisfy internal IT standards within an organization.


Download Egnyte Drive for Windows

Download Egnyte Drive for Windows

Please be sure to review the System Requirements.


Download Orca from Microsoft MSI SDK Kit

Orca is a database table editor for creating and editing Windows Installer packages and merge modules. The tool provides a graphical interface for validation, highlighting the particular entries where validation errors or warnings occur.

This tool is only available in the Windows SDK Components for Windows Installer Developers. It is provided as an Orca.msi file. After installing the Windows SDK Components for Windows Installer Developers, double click Orca.msi to install the Orca.exe file.

  1. Download Microsoft Windows SDK.
  2. Install Microsoft MSI SDK Kit
  3. After installation you will have “ORCA” installed on the system.


Egnyte Drive MSI Parameters




Location of the Installation File.
Default :
32bit Windows - C:\Program Files\ Egnyte Drive\
64bit Windows – C:\Program Files (x86)\ Egnyte Drive\

Drive settings


Default account domain


Label that will be show at mounted drive

Forbidden characters: ? < > / , * + = | \ [ ] ”

Maximal characters length: 30


Drive letter at which default account drive should be mounted

Value: A:, B:, … X: (if letter is already in use available letter will be used

Default: none


Mounting point for default drive i.e. “/Shared/”


Defines if SSO authentication should be used (will be only used if one of ED_DRIVE_DOMAIN, ED_DRIVE_LABEL, ED_DRIVE_LETTER, ED_DRIVE_MOUNT is defined)

Value: 0 or 1

Default: 0

Proxy settings


By default proxy settings are not used. To configure proxy settings by mass configuration proxy server must be defined.


Defines proxy port for connection settings (will be only applied if ED_PROXY_SERVER is defined)

Value: between 0 and 65535

Default: 0


Proxy setting required password (will be only applied if ED_PROXY_SERVER is defined)

Value: 0 or 1

Default: 0

Disable autoupdate


Defines if auto update should be enabled or disabled

Value: 0 or 1

Default: 0


Create MSI Transform File using ORCA

  1. Launch Orca software
  2. Click on File and Open
  3. Select the Egnyte Drive MSI file and click open
  4. Click on the Properties on the Tables Section
  5. Select Transform on the top and click on New Transform
  6. Click on Table on the top and click on Add Row
  7. Insert the following Properties and values that pertain to your environment.
  8. Click on Transform and click on Generate Transform
  9. Create a name for the Transform File and save the file to \\domain\netlogon


Deploy Egnyte Drive with Group Policy Object (GPO)

1. Create Group Policy Object

  1. Log into your Domain Controller
  2. Launch Group Policy Management
  3. Create Group Policy Object
    Right click on Group Policy Objects and click on New
  4. Enter a new for your GPO and click OK.

2. Add Software Installation

  1. Launch Group Policy Management
  2. Edit the GPO for Egnyte
  3. Navigate to Computer Configuration/Policies/Software Settings/Software Installations
  4. Click on Action, click on New, click on Package                                          
  5. Select the Egnyte Drive MSI file and click Open
  6. On the Deploy Software Window select Advanced and click Ok                            
  7. Select Modifications on the top tab and click Add                                        
  8. Select the MSI Transform File and click open
  9. Click OK to save the Software Installation

3.Attach GPO to OU

In order for the GPO to be enforced, please drag and drop the newly created GPO into an OU that contain Computer Objects so the script will be enforced.


4. Upgrade MSI Software

Please follow the steps from Add Software Installation. After adding in new Software Installation, you may choose to delete the old Software Installation package.


5. End User Configuration

After GPO policy has been pushed out to computers, upon reboot the script will install Egnyte Drive for Windows into the local machine. After user logs into the machine, they’ll be brought into the Configuration Window. Please have users configure the settings. Please click on the link below to our online training video.


Deploy Egnyte Drive via command line (PsExec)

The following instructions are for customers who prefer to deploy Egnyte Drive via a command line (i.e. to use with SCCM). These steps are NOT REQUIRED if you've completed the deployment using a GPO Policy.

  1. Download PStools
  2. Run command prompt with administrator rights. Change directory to where you extract the PSTools.
  3. Example command:
    psexec \\{targetPC} -u {domain\user} -p {userPassword} msiexec /i {\\server\share\egnytedrive.msi} TRANSFORMS={customfile.mst} /qn /L*V "C:\ED-install.log"
    Replace the following parameters with the ones for your environment.
Parameter Description
targetPC IP or hostname for PC on which you wish to deploy Egnyte Drive
domain\user domain credentials with elevate rights to deploy software packages
userPassword user password
\\server\share\egnytedrive.msi path to Egnyte Drive MSI
customfile.mst name of MST file (Note: MSI and MST are located in the same directory)
Review log under C:\ labeled ED-install.log.
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