Hi Guys,

I've been given the job of deploying MS office 2007 whislt my manager on holiday. I'm only a trainee and not exactly 100% sure on things, but I have made a MS Office 2003 deployment so when gievn this task it sounded easy enough.

First thing i've noticed is there isnt a .MST file anymore its made into .MSP So pretty much after customising my setup I'm stuck, I've read plenty of forums and they all say to stick the .MSP into the update folder the same as my SP1 (unless I'm wrong already)

My company only uses Active Directory for our deployment of software, and I set this one up in the same way that I have set up the MS office 2003 apart from I cant put the customised setup file into the Modifications within the GPO Properities....maybe this is where I go wrong??

I left the .msp within the update folder thinking there was perhaps a switch built in to look to that folder for info and the service pack. i forced a gpupdate and everything restarted and looked as though MS office was installing.

After about 10mins the installation finished completely silent and went through to the log on screen. Upon loggin in I had nothin installed. I checked my event log and had 3 errors:
There was a fatal error during installation
The group policy clientside extension software installation failed to execute
There was a fatal error during installation

Upon looking at the help offered by knowledge base within the event viewer It said i should check that ms office 2007 isnt already installed and that there is access to the directory.

If anyone could shed some life on this that would be great, it appears to be very little documentation on this.

Thanks in advance
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Reread this article & follow the steps. It is not aunusual that you are the one making a rookie mistake, afterall, all these other people cannot possibly be wrong & have had the install work for them? What about a verbose MSI log? What did it say?

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179097.aspx

Oh, & one more thing. your boss must not really like his job! Having a trainee run an enterprise wide deployment of Office in his absence is, well, just plain crazy! must be that olympic fever...
Answered 08/12/2008 by: kiptek
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What is a Verbose Log?
Answered 08/12/2008 by: Kenzii
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the very foundation of most deployments... [:D]

http://itninja.com/question/how-does-pxe-work?1
Answered 08/12/2008 by: kiptek
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Man!! You must be sitting on a volcano if you intend to deploy MS Office 2007 via GPO!!

How many computers have to be targetted? Even if you have to deploy via GPO (last thing), you must have a plan to go chunk by chunk on the computers, to prevent your package repository from a network jam!!

Dont you have LANDesk or SMS type of infrastructure to carry out the deployment? The users will be blocked for 10 minutes, the networks will jam and you might end up making an ITP (Interrupt to Production) if you go with this...

anyway, upto you... technically it is possible, but not feasible unless the target is too less and the network resources are too ample...

Regards,
tushar
Answered 08/12/2008 by: matrixtushar
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Meh dont get me started. my company want everything for free. GPO our only option.

We are pushing it out to 100 PC's over 6 servers (6 offices)

probably over 2 nights, What software would you suggest then? I looked at quest earlier, but havent tried it yet. Will happily take any suggestions.
Answered 08/12/2008 by: Kenzii
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do I ahve to edit my Config.xml file to look for .msp?

I havent edited my config.xml file at all, maybe that is where I'm going wrong?
Answered 08/13/2008 by: Kenzii
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ORIGINAL: Kenzii
do I ahve to edit my Config.xml file to look for .msp?
I havent edited my config.xml file at all, maybe that is where I'm going wrong?


You dont need to touch the xml unless you are changing some parameters not in the MSP, but you should specify the xml on the command line.
setup.exe /adminfile %path%\OffStd2007_011.MSP /config %path%Standard.WW\config.xml

Create a wrapper, gpo runs the msi wrapper that calls the Office setup.
Possibly your biggest concern maybe remote offices running a big install across a WAN.
Answered 08/13/2008 by: reds4eva
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Hi folks,
you don't need a wrapper for that!
There is already an MSI to use for GPO installs.
It's in the subdir "Enterprise.WW", also the config.xml needs to be placed in there.
See: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179214.aspx
Regards, Nick
Answered 08/14/2008 by: nheim
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Our normal way of doing things is Creating a share on each of the 6 servers and through active directory deploy it out to a certain amount of users each night.

AutoCAD was worse[:@]

ok,. I'll give that command line a try. I'm guessing I'll have to use our WSUS server to pump out service pack 1 yeah? or can i intergrate that .MSP aswell the OCT?
Answered 08/14/2008 by: Kenzii
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After testing the command on a test PC, I looked in my event log, It shows that certain components were installing for example :
Microsoft office powerpoint MUI

Then in a seperate log about 30seconds later, it uninstalls the component?
Answered 08/15/2008 by: Kenzii
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