Summary

You can use Group Policy to distribute computer programs by using the following methods:

 Note

Windows Server 2003 Group Policy automated-program installation requires client computers that are running Microsoft Windows 2000 or a later version.

Create a distribution point

To publish or assign a computer program, create a distribution point on the publishing server by following these steps:

  1. Log on to the server as an administrator.
  2. Create a shared network folder where you’ll put the Windows Installer package (.msi file) that you want to distribute.
  3. Set permissions on the share to allow access to the distribution package.
  4. Copy or install the package to the distribution point. For example, to distribute a .msi file, run the administrative installation (setup.exe /a) to copy the files to the distribution point.

Create a Group Policy Object

To create a Group Policy Object (GPO) to use to distribute the software package, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in by clicking Start, pointing to Administrative Tools, and then clicking Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. In the console tree, right-click your domain, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Group Policy tab, and then click New.
  4. Type a name for this new policy, and then press Enter.
  5. Click Properties, and then click the Security tab.
  6. Clear the Apply Group Policy check box for the security groups that you don’t want this policy to apply to.
  7. Select the Apply Group Policy check box for the groups that you want this policy to apply to.
  8. When you’re finished, click OK.

Assign a package

To assign a program to computers that are running Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, or Windows XP Professional, or to users who are logging on to one of these workstations, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in by clicking Start, pointing to Administrative Tools, and then clicking Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. In the console tree, right-click your domain, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Group Policy tab, select the policy that you want, and then click Edit.
  4. Under Computer Configuration, expand Software Settings.
  5. Right-click Software installation, point to New, and then click Package.
  6. In the Open dialog box, type the full Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path of the shared installer package that you want. For example, \\<file server>\<share>\<file name>.msi. ImportantDon’t use the Browse button to access the location. Make sure that you use the UNC path of the shared installer package.
  7. Click Open.
  8. Click Assigned, and then click OK. The package is listed in the right-pane of the Group Policy window.
  9. Close the Group Policy snap-in, click OK, and then close the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.
  10. When the client computer starts, the managed software package is automatically installed.

Publish a package

To publish a package to computer users and make it available for installation from the Add or Remove Programs list in Control Panel, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in by clicking Start, pointing to Administrative Tools, and then clicking Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. In the console tree, right-click your domain, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Group Policy tab, click the policy that you want, and then click Edit.
  4. Under User Configuration, expand Software Settings.
  5. Right-click Software installation, point to New, and then click Package.
  6. In the Open dialog box, type the full UNC path of the shared installer package that you want. For example, \\file server\share\file name.msi. ImportantDon’t use the Browse button to access the location. Make sure that you use the UNC path of the shared installer package.
  7. Click Open.
  8. Click Publish, and then click OK.
  9. The package is listed in the right-pane of the Group Policy window.
  10. Close the Group Policy snap-in, click OK, and then close the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.
  11. Test the package. NoteBecause there are several versions of Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
    1. Log on to a workstation that is running Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional by using an account that you published the package to.
    2. In Windows XP, click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    3. Double-click Add or Remove Programs, and then click Add New Programs.
    4. In the Add programs from your network list, click the program that you published, and then click Add. The program is installed.
    5. Click OK, and then click Close.

Redeploy a package

In some cases, you may want to redeploy a software package (for example, if you upgrade or change the package). To redeploy a package, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in by clicking Start, pointing to Administrative Tools, and then clicking Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. In the console tree, right-click your domain, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Group Policy tab, click the Group Policy Object that you used to deploy the package, and then click Edit.
  4. Expand the Software Settings container that contains the software installation item that you used to deploy the package.
  5. Click the software installation container that contains the package.
  6. In the right-pane of the Group Policy window, right-click the program, point to All Tasks, and then click Redeploy application. You will receive the following message:Redeploying this application will reinstall the application everywhere it is already installed. Do you want to continue?
  7. Click Yes.
  8. Quit the Group Policy snap-in, click OK, and then close the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.

Remove a package

To remove a published or assigned package, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in by clicking Start, pointing to Administrative Tools, and then clicking Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. In the console tree, right-click your domain, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Group Policy tab, click the Group Policy Object that you used to deploy the package, and then click Edit.
  4. Expand the Software Settings container that contains the software installation item that you used to deploy the package.
  5. Click the software installation container that contains the package.
  6. In the right-pane of the Group Policy window, right-click the program, point to All Tasks, and then click Remove.
  7. Perform one of the following actions:
  8. Close the Group Policy snap-in, click OK, and then closet the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.

Troubleshoot

Published packages are displayed on a client computer after you use a Group Policy to remove them.

This situation can occur when a user has installed the program but hasn’t used it. When the user first starts the published program, the installation is finished. Group Policy then removes the program.

n your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then click Privacy. 

Select Screen Recording. 

Select the checkbox next to an app to allow it to record your screen. 

Integration configuration​

1) Browse the integrations page in Monitask admin dashboard: https://app.monitask.com/integrations and click Add ClickUp integration​

2) Log in to Monitask account and agree to the permissions

3) On the opened page click Connect to QuickBooks​

4)  If you are not logged in the QuickBooks you will be redirected to the login page​

5)  Select QuickBooks company you would like to connect to Monitask and click Connect

6)  Map QuickBooks customers to projects in Monitask and click Next

7)  Optionally, Map QuickBooks services to projects in Monitask and click Next

8)  Optionally, Map QuickBooks employees to users in Monitask and click Next

9)  Map QuickBooks vendors to users in Monitask and click Next

10)  If needed, import time entries of selected users to QuickBooks and click Submit. Wait for a little while all time entries are transferred

Congratulations, your QuickBooks integration with Monitask is ready!​


Now, you can browse QuickBooks -> Reports -> Time Activities by Employee Detail and view time entries imported from Monitask as time activities for configured vendors and customers​

Integration configuration​

1) Browse the integrations page in Monitask admin dashboard: https://app.monitask.com/integrations and click “Add ClickUp integration”

2) Log in to Monitask account and agree to the permissions​

3) On the opened page click “Add integration​”

4)  If you are not logged in the ClickUp you will be redirected to the login page

5)  Select ClickUp workspaces you would like to connect to Monitask​

6)  Map ClickUp lists to projects in Monitask and click Next

7)  Map ClickUp users to users in Monitask and click Next

​8)  Review your settings and submit integration configuration. Wait a little while all tasks are transferred.​

Congratulations, your Clickup integration with Monitask is ready!​

Now, you can browse https://app.monitask.com/notes/list tasks page and see tasks imported from ClickUp to selected Monitask projects

Configuration requirements

Your users in Monitask must be assigned to the corresponding projects so that they can see the integrated tasks assigned to them. You can view assignees in Monitask on the projects page https://app.monitask.com/project by clicking ‘Edit’ on a particular project.

Sync ClickUp to Monitask​

How it works

We will transfer all created tasks and subtasks from click-up to Monitask, as if they are assigned to a user, they will be assigned to the corresponding user in Monitask.​

Notes:​

  1. If you create a new task or subtask in a ClickUp, it will automatically be created in the Monitask in the web app and in the desktop application​
  2. Tasks with the same names will not be created, however, if you create a task with the same name but with new assignees, the system will link new users to the existing task in the Monitask​
  3. If you rename the task in the ClickUp, the corresponding task in the Monitask will be renamed too​
  4. If you delete a task or subtask in a ClickUp, the task from the Monitask will not be deleted, the system only adds new tasks​
  5. If you add a new assignee in the ClickUp, the corresponding assignee will be added in the Monitask​
  6. If you delete assignee in a ClickUp, assignee in Monitask will not be deleted, the system only adds new assignees​

1) Browse ClickUp list and click Add new task​

2) Specify task details​

(Assignee should be a one of users​ selected during integration configuration)​

Then click Create task:

3) Browse tasks page https://app.monitask.com/notes/list in Monitask and check that task is synchronized to selected Project

4) Now assigned to that task person should be able to see it in the desktop application:

On Windows
On Mac
On Linux

5) That person should be able to see task details using desktop application interface​

On Windows and Linux:​

User can see ClickUp icon in the task list control and click on the ‘Details’ button to view task details

On Mac:​

Mac user can view task details by clicking on the ‘View’ button​

There he will be able to see that task source is ClickUp and task description​

Sync Monitask to ClickUp​

How it works​

When user starts time tracking in the Monitask desktop application, we sync time to ClickUp after the first minute and then every 10 minutes. Also, time is synced each time user stops tracking (Clicks on the Pause button)​

Notes: No changes to the tasks in the Monitask will be transferred to the ClickUp

To start time tracking select a ClickUp task in the desktop application (it should be highlighted with light blue) and click on the ‘Start tracking’ button

When you are done click on the ‘Stop tracking’ button and see time synchronized to ClickUp​

Task descriptions can be added on the tasks page. Depending on the company settings, employees may have access to add their own tasks or only managers and admins can add tasks via the web interface.

Task descriptions can be filled out manually or automatically pulled from your favorite tools via our integrations. Integrations can be added by company administrators only at this time.

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Important: Before attempting to access Monitask API, please request API access via [email protected] with the subject “API Access.” API access must be requested by company administrators and can be assigned to any user within the organization.

Steps to get started with Monitask API:

  1. Navigate to the developers page and click “Add new app” button.

2. You will see a popup where you’ll need to specify basic details for your app:

3. Then click on the Add app button and it will be displayed in the list of apps. Click on the edit button:

4. You’ll find the client id and secret for your app on this page. Also you’ll need to add scopes

For example, add the following list of scopes:

5. Then, click on “get secret”. You’ll get a popup with the client secret which you should save in a safe place:

Then, you can build an oauth URL with the following structure:

 http://www.monitask.com/identity/connect/authorize?client_id=<yourclientid>&scope=<your_scopes> &response_type=code&redirect_uri=<your_redirect_uri>

URL example:

http://www.monitask.com/identity/connect/authorize?client_id=2942f3d332af466a814dd3844ba420f9&scope=company:read%20openid%20profile%20email%20offline_access%20roles&response_type=code&redirect_uri=http://localhost:5000/account/callback

6. When you open it you will see a permission page for your app:

7. When you click on the “Yes, allow” you are redirected to the specified redirect_url with oauth code:

8.

You can make an http request to the https://www.monitask.com/identity/connect/token with the following data:

Basic Auth. Username is your client_id, Password is your client_secret

Body is form-urlencoded with grant_type=authorization_code, redirect_uri is your redirect_uri and code is the code you obtained in oauth dance

You will receive a token as response:

You can now use this token with our external api:

Since access token expires after 1 hour, you need to refresh it using the refresh token. To do so, you can use the refresh_token you obtained in the previous “token” request:

You’ll need to make a request to https://www.monitask.com/identity/connect/token

With the same basic auth but with the following body:

Grant_type=refresh_token

Redirect_uri is your redirect uri

Refresh_token is refresh token you received before

If you are a company administrator and want to allow one employee (manager/team leader) to view screenshots and reports of other employees, you can do this on the Team Management page: https://www.monitask.com/teammanagement

Let’s take a look at the example below.

We want to allow employee with the name “Team Manager” to view screenshots of both “Employee 1” and “Employee 2”

To do this, the administrator should navigate the team management page https://www.monitask.com/teammanagement and create a new team by clicking on the “Add Team” button:

Now we should add users to this team -> click “Edit” button on navigate the bellow page:

Managers can view screenshots and time information of assigned employees. To add a manager click on the “Add managers” button and you will see the following pop-up:

Then add employees using the same algorithm but clicking on the Add Employees button:

Finally, our team looks like this:

Now, the “Team Manager” can view screenshots and reports of assigned users

In order to see time spent on each task make sure to navigate to the “Reports” tab and then click on the “Tasks” sub menu.

On this page you will get a detailed breakdown of the following:

Project, Task, Assignee, Date Created, Date Updated, Time Spent, and Activity Percentage per task.

You can also refer to the following report (Administrators and managers only)

One of the main features that differentiate us from our competitors is the ability to automatically deduct the idle time from the total amount of hours worked so the employees get paid only for the time that was actually worked rather than sitting in front of the computer completely idle.