In the OfficeForMac2011_Admin_v2.pdf guide http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=12737, the process for repackaging / customizing Office is outlined from page 72 to 75.  The documentation is not that clear as to what one starts off with, so my assumption was that one simply makes use of a Mac that has the Office 2011 (with all updates) installed, and you build the package using files located in /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/... and the other various Library directories etc.  I have attempted this a couple times.  A package is created that I can then install on another Mac, but when I attempt to run Office an error is thrown stating Office could not start.

My goal here is to build an installer that includes all of the Office 2011 updates and then use Kace to deploy it.  Has anyone had any success at something like this?


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I haven't tried this personally, but you might install all the updates and then create a new package with PackageMaker: http://mac2.microsoft.com/help/office/14/en-us/admin/item/a35ab53c-badf-4fef-bbfe-d5005ad6f7d4?category=1dbf952e-1f61-47f6-85fa-196a22eaf824

Answered 01/18/2013 by: mpace
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  • Thanks mpace. I gave that tutorial a try and had better result, but still not perfect... Permissions on the installation are whacked so after an install I had to change permissions on the Office installation directory to allow everyone so a user could access and run them... not a good thing I suspect. The PackageMaker tutorial doesn't offer any info on how to deal with permissions for the Office repackaging, I'd think one would have to add a 'system' user with read write permissions... but don't see how to do that.
  • Another problem I've noticed, the Kace inventory no longer registers the Office Applications located in /Applications/Microsoft Office/... Just those, like communicator, that are in /Applications/communicator.app. This is seeming like such a huge waste of time.
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