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trouble with pushing out Office via Group Policy

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I need to push out Office XP to a group of servers (50 or so). I have an OU named SERVERS. The one Group Policy in the OU has one policy named OFFICE. I made an installation point using the setup.exe /a command to a share on the primary server.
The OFFICE policy is assigning that software to the Computer.
Of all the articles that I've read, I cannot seem to find what I'm missing. Please help!
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Question by:gaskew
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by:dgroscost
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Are you using an MSI?
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by:PaulADavis
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you didn't mention.... but are you using an msi package for the software installation?

http://www.serverwatch.com/tutorials/article.php/1497901
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by:gaskew
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Here is a brief of how I went about it:
1- from command line: setup.exe /a
2- used the defualt office directory
3- setup a new gpo for the OU "servers"
4- gpo points to pro.msi in the office folder
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by:Netman66
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What you have done, is created an adminsitrative install of Office on the primary server - now, you need to deploy it using a transform.

Read this carefully, it explains just about the entire process.

http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/xp/one/depb01.htm

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by:gaskew
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I made the mst file. I've made a gpo and first applied it to user....nothing
I made a gpo and applied it to computer...again nothing.
I feel that I'm missing something easy....
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by:Netman66
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Where is the GPO linked?

After reading your question again I think what you are trying to do is push the Adminstrative Installation to all servers  - is this correct?
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by:gaskew
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Yes, I have a need to push a generic installation of Word/Excel to all of our servers in one domain.
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Ok.  For this specific requirement you will need to replicate it across to those servers.

The article I linked to earlier describes a scenario like yours.  

GPOs will really only be useful for clients.

If you think the article is not what you are looking for then let me know.

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