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Hello. I have set up group policy to for rolling out office 2003. I want the policy to be able to determine which version the client currently has installed then upgrade accordingly. Such as whether or not they have std. or pro. Is there a way to do this? I know I can create separate OUs with a different policy for different software installations but I want to be able to drop computers into an OU and not have to check which version they currently have installed. Is this possible? Thanks in advance.
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In the deployment options you can create two packages - one for each currently installed Office product.  

Then you can create upgrade packages that replace each in turn.

The only caveat is that you'll need to redeploy each original package to their correct targets so they are managed - then you can upgrade each correctly.  Since this must be done first, it makes better sense to just deploy to target groups to begin with.


The only other option is to create 2 security groups - one for each version of Office and add the workstations to the appropriate group.  Then you can create 2 GPOs (for each Office install) and filter the application of these policies by the security groups created earlier.  To make this work, you need to deploy the packages as assigned to the computer.



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Thanks. Your ideas are what I was thinking about. I have researched some to see if its possible using the office develop kit to modify an MSI file to search for a version, if so, then it would install accordingly. My hope was to find something like that -- or if it were even possible. Your answer is correct but my goal is have an office deployment that is smart enough to determine which version of office the client has then install that version. It would be less administrative work in the long run because I would have to deteremine prior to deploying which version the client had.
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