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Deploying Office 2003 using Group Policy and PRO11.MSI

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I have 3 issue:

1. Can someone tell me how to include the office 2003 serial key when using Group Policy to install Office 2003 under Computer configuration ---> software installation or User configuration?   I know you can edit the .ini file to include the key, but that is only if you run setup.exe, if you launch the installation from PR011.msi it ignores the setting in the .INI file.

2. When I create the package under User configuration it works but it ask for the product key.  When I create the software installation under Computer configuration in GP and reboot the computer nothing happens.  Both the user and computer are in the OU that that GP is applied. The user work but not the computer, can someone shed some light on what the problem might be?

3. Is there a way to tell Office 2003 to do a complete install or upgrade an existing Office suite (for example upgrade or remove Office XP before installing Office 2003) us Group Policy software installation?

Thank you very much!
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First thing you need to do is get the Office 2003 Resource Kit.

http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/2003/default.htm

After you install it, you'll need to run the Custom Installation Wizard, and follow all of the prompts. You'll have a chance to enter the product key. When you're done, you'll save the whole thing as an .mst file. Be sure to save it in your Office 2003 install directory.

When you set up the installation in the GPO, you need to set it up in the computer side, and click "advanced" when you create the new package.

After you select the .msi file to do the actual install, select the "modification" tab and select "add". This is when you can select the .mst file.

That should do it.

Good luck.

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Thank you very much Mike.
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