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Scenario: Some of our users are trying to play DVD's or other media files and are getting a message telling them that they are missing a codec. Since there are not admins they cannot install the codec. Instead our Help Desk has been getting calls and to resolve this issue they installed VLC player.

Question: Is there a way I can use SCCM(SMS) to install the codecs required to play DVD's. I'd like to stay away from having to buy a DVD Decoder if possible.

Note: SCCM stands for Microsoft Systems Center Configuration Manager.

Thanks in Advance.

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Sure, you just have to find the appropriate codecs and make sure that they can be distributed silently. Lately I've been finding the LAV Filters to be very good. I don't know if the installer can be easily distributed via silent installation, but there's a zip file distribution that should be trivial to deploy (copy into place and register codecs with regsvr32.exe).

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  • Thanks for the quick response. I tried installing it on a test machine and it said it installed correctly but I wasn't able to play the DVD(VOB File) even after I restarted the machine. – Gage Jan 27 '12 at 15:27
  • Hrm -- I'm surprised that it's lacking a vob splitter. Now, I have used ffdshow-tryouts on XP to enable DVD decoding in WMP. – afrazier Jan 27 '12 at 16:10
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Install VLC player from www.videolan.org? It plays DVD, BD, DVB-S, DVB-T, MKV and all other sorts of MPEG without polluting 99% of other desktops.

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    That was not the question though. They already know that they can install VLC. – slhck Jan 27 '12 at 15:02

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