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Deploying Office XP via Server

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We have Windows 2000 Server and would like to deploy Office XP via the server (upon login) without having to go to each individual computer to install it manually.

What's the best way for me to do this?

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.
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all you need contain in XP's resource kit:

Office XP Resource Kit
http://www.lborosu.org.uk/staff/manuals/OfXPResKit/default.htm

Distributing Office XP to Users' Computers
http://www.lborosu.org.uk/staff/manuals/OfXPResKit/one/depb09.htm

Deploying Office XP on Windows 2000
http://www.lborosu.org.uk/staff/manuals/OfXPResKit/one/DepC00.htm

hope it helps,
bbao
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Assuming you have windows 2000 or later.
You can use WINSTALL included in WIN 2000 or XP CD.
This software will help you create the package that you will use to deploy Office through policies or scripts.
1)INstall WINSTALL  on one computer
2) use its "discover" option to take a snap shot of the computer settings before Office is installed.
3)After the discover is done, then install Office.
4) After Office is installed, then use the "After" snapshot from Winstall.
5)WINSTALL will create a .msi file which will be the one that you can use to deploy Office

If you are going to use policies
 Go to Active Directory USers and COmputers and locate the Organizational UNit or Container, under which, the computers you want to insall Office reside. Right click on that OU and go to Properties-->Group POlicies (the add a new policy or edit an existing one)
Under Computer Configuration you will see Software Settings-->Software installation
There you will browse to find the package WINSTALL created, to add it here.
 And that should be it.

If you want to use logon scripts
MAke sure the user(s) have the rights to read from the shared folder at the server and the rights to install software on the workstation.
The rest its pretty simple, just include the path to the program in the log on script for the user or users.
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kIdBiLLiE, any feedback please?
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