We are trying to deply MS-Office 2010 using the procedure posted here in IT Ninja, but it seems that installation did not succeed. As an option we want to try to use the App deploy repackager. Has anyone tried using this tool? How we will apply this?

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Open a command prompt and /cd to the directory where the install files are located, then run setup.exe /admin The office customization tool will open and ask you to either create a new answer file or open an existing. Create a new one and alter the settings to what you require.
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There are a few ways to do this and deploy via KACE.

Firstly, as Dunnpy said, you need to use the package built-in to Office.
Do do this open a command prompt and /cd to the directory where the install files are located, then run

 setup.exe /admin

The office customisation tool will open and ask you to either create a new answer file or open an existing.
Create a new one and alter the settings to what you require.
Remember to set the option you require for the level of user interaction (eg. silent, basic, full)
Once happy, save the .msp file created to the same directory as the installer files.

Now time to test... create a batch file that runs the following:

"\\server\directory\setup.exe" /adminfile "\\server\directory\name-of-answer-file.MSP"

Then run that batch file on a 'clean' machine (eg. one you have never installed this version of office on)

If you're happy, then it's decision time.

 

Options:

  1. host the package on your kbox and deploy from there
  2. use a script on your kbox to deploy the package from a server share

Both of these have their merits.
In an enterprise environment, with good network and WAN links (between kbox and the client), I would choose option 2.
For smaller envoronments, where WAN links my be saturated or slow, use option 1.

 

Answered 01/24/2013 by: domhogan
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  • Thanks guys, Thanks domhogan, I get the point.. I will give you an update once I make it work... So now I have an idea fo an option 2. Thanks a lot
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Domhogan speaks the truth.

Answered 01/24/2013 by: mpace
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You can't use the repackager for Office, it has its own mechanism to create customisation files and that prescribed and supported method should be used and no other.

Maybe if you detail the issue you're having with getting the installation working someone will be able to offer some advice on how to proceed.

 

Thanks,

Dunnpy

Answered 01/24/2013 by: dunnpy
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