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creating a policy in win2k

Posted on 2004-11-01
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i am trying to create a policy in win 2k server.  i want the policy to install microsoft office to a selection of computers.  when i create the policy to the workstations, i reboot the workstations and nothing happens.  when the workstation goes to the cntr-alt-del screen it flashes that it recognizes the policy, but never installs.

These are the steps i've taken.

-create an OU in AD called "office"
-moved the computers that would receive update to newly created OU called "office"
-in AD right click office OU and clicked proporties
-clicked group policy
-clicked new
-named it office
-clicked edit & navigated to computer config/software settings/software installation
-a share was created and the rights are applied.

Im new at creating the policy's and was told it was easy.   i guess not

Anyone please help

Question by:GTAJR
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You have created an administrative installation point for office haven't you? This is for xp - which version of office?  I usually create an admin installation point, apply office service packs to it, then deploy it using a custom office transform. You need to make sure that the path to the share containing the installation is correct in the policy and that domain computers have access to it,
Creating an Administrative Installation Point
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i dont believe i setup an administrative installation point.  i am trying to install office 2k pro on 2k workstations.
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The pc's need to know where and how to find the office setup files - particularly the .msi file. Have a good read through the following is you need to understand each part and how to implement it to deploy it successfully. N.B - you can assign office to computers, you can't publish it to computers - so choose the assign option when configuring the policy,
Step-by-Step Guide to Software Installation and Maintenance
HOW TO: Use Group Policy to Remotely Install Software in Windows 2000
How to Install Office from a Network Server - (Office 2000)

Deb :))
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Drizzt420 earned 375 total points
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When you enter the path to the .msi file you need to use a network share path. For example, if the msi file is on your servers c: drive you cant use c:/office.msi as the path to the executable or the workstations will look for the msi file on thier local c: drives. instead use a network path to the executable, ex: \\server1\OfficeShare

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these all look like viable solutions.  i will give it a crack.

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Any update on this?

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