12/04/2009 2790 views
I'm investigating the deployment of Office 2007 Enterprise + 4 Langage Packs.
I've made the admin installation point + MSP using the "Microsoft" method.
We are deploying Office 2007 during the unattended XP SP3 setup.
And it works, it only takes about 2 hours (or more)! Should be a lot faster than that!
The network is 100 Mbit FD, the machine is a HP DC7800, fast enough.
The Logfile in %temp% tells me that the installation of the language packs takes the most time.
But I can't find any error's.

Other (big) installations during the Unattended XP SP3 run fine and fast.

I use the following installation string

\\server\share\office2007\setup.exe /config \\server\share\office2007\Enterprise.WW\config.xml

I've made a MSP with the setup /admin switch and placed the MSP in the .\Updates folder.
(Additional reg setting, shortcuts, product key, etc)
I'm doing a Full Install (except groove).

The config.xml is only used to install the additional languages.

<Configuration Product="Enterprise">

<!-- <Display Level="full" CompletionNotice="yes" SuppressModal="no" AcceptEula="no" /> -->

<!-- <Logging Type="standard" Path="%temp%" Template="Microsoft Office Enterprise Setup(*).txt" /> -->

<!-- <PIDKEY Value="BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789B" /> -->

<!-- <USERNAME Value="Customer" /> -->

<!-- <COMPANYNAME Value="MyCompany" /> -->

<!-- <INSTALLLOCATION Value="%programfiles%\Microsoft Office" /> -->

<!-- <LIS CACHEACTION="CacheOnly" /> -->

<!-- <SOURCELIST Value="\\server1\share\Office12;\\server2\share\Office12" /> -->

<!-- <DistributionPoint Location="\\server\share\Office12" /> -->

<!-- <OptionState Id="OptionID" State="absent" Children="force" /> -->

<!-- <Setting Id="Reboot" Value="IfNeeded" /> -->

<!-- <Command Path="msiexec.exe" Args="/i \\server\share\my.msi" QuietArg="/q" ChainPosition="after" Execute="install" /> -->

<AddLanguage Id="NL-NL" ShellTransform="yes"/>
<AddLanguage Id="en-us" />
<AddLanguage Id="DE-DE" />
<AddLanguage Id="he-il" />
<AddLanguage Id="RU-RU" />


When I first copy the installation files to the local harddisk it install's in about 15 minutes! (On a much slower machine)

Is there any way I can speed up the network installation or should I first copy the install files local?
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Is there any way I can speed up the network installation or should I first copy the install files local? It's a no-brainer, isn't it, surely?
Answered 12/04/2009 by: VBScab
Red Belt

Yes ofcourse, I'm testing that right now.
But it isn't the "Microsoft way", and a network installation shouldn't take 2.5 hours...
Answered 12/04/2009 by: subsense
Purple Belt

it isn't the "Microsoft way"What makes you say that? Have you never seen the folder %SystemDrive%\MSOCache?
Answered 12/04/2009 by: VBScab
Red Belt

Including the copy of the source + installation it now takes 40 minutes.
I can speed things further up by creating a zip/rar file of the installation source and copy + unzip the compressed file.
Our office 2003 installation doesn't use a full LIS, but in Office 2007 it seems to be default.
It are the languge packs that chew up most of the installation time!
Thanks for the information
Answered 12/06/2009 by: subsense
Purple Belt

Well, I figured out what was going wrong.
I configured additional installation sources.
Here were also sources to environments wich are not (always) available, this is because of our OTAP environment.
This behaviour is different in the Office 2003 setup, in this setup is doesn't matter if an additional installation source is not available.

Some PC's in our test environment had a GPO applied which set's some DNS Suffixes.
On those machine's the setup was fast.

I removed those additional setup sources an the setup is now lightning fast!
Answered 12/17/2009 by: subsense
Purple Belt