Software Deployment Question

Applying Patches along with Office 2003 Package

05/12/2008 2611 views
Please, help me out in following case.

I'm ready with a Office 2003 Package (mst created with the help of MS Office Resource Kit).
I used WiseScript Editor to create a Install.exe which perform some preinstall tasks and I've chanined the Office 2003 MSI/MST combo with it.
This package works fine and is pilot tested through SMS for mass deployment.
However, now I need to update this package by adding few Office security updates (word, excel, outlook) and Offoce 2003 SP3.
I am not clear as to whether I should chain the patches using WiseScript Editor.
Do I need to keep the individual .msp separate from the main package? Or how can I include it in the main package?
Is it a good idea to run the patches after installation of the main package?
Thanks for your suggestions on best possible methods to achieve this.
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Answered 05/12/2008 by: VBScab
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The best way is to make an admin installation and patch it using the command line
1) Make admin install with msiexec /a
2)Patch the admin install with all the patches one by one using the command line
msiexec /p <mspname> /a <msi name>

Once done this you have an admin install ready with the updated patches and can deploy with mst in the way you want.

One of the ways to install patches is to have a local cache of office on the hard drive and patch it and then reinstall using that cache.This method though very lenghty but have been successfully used in many organizations.
Answered 05/12/2008 by: blacklisted_packager
Orange Belt

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