How should I update clients using Office 2003 from a admin install point? With Group Policy?

Posted on 2006-05-23
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I've got Office 2003 Standard installed on my server as a "administrative installation point" (setup.exe /a) and I then updated it with SP2. Our clients are using WinXPSP2and have Office installed from this location using a cmd file which issues this command:

\\10.x.y.z\<path>\OFFICE2003\setup.exe TRANSFORMS="\\10.x.y.z\<path>\OFFICE2003\Unattended.mst" /qb-

So far so good.

But, as we all know.. software from Microsoft needs updates/patches from time to time. So, I've got the few POST-ST2 patches downloaded. The updates are .exe files, and if I extract the contents I find the usual .msp patch file for office. What would be the best way to get these installed on my clients. I don't think I should change (update) my admin install point, so this leaves me with what? I would think Gourp Policy would be a good solution? I looked at it, but all I could do under "GP->Computer Configuration->Software Settings->Software Installation" was add .msi files (and .mst to those files).

Is it possible (and the best way) to use GP? Or is WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) the way to go?
Question by:Secode
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    Hi Secode,

    a combination of WSUS and Group Policy for sure

    WSUS is awesome, can with group policy you can configure all your update times and applied update settings etc
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    I agree with Jay Jay. The best way to do what you are looking for, is WSUS.
    If you use it, u save outgoing bandwith because you get all the updates in one certain point ( Domain Controller ) and from there ( through Group Policy ) you configure your clients to get the updates from that server.
    So, the only thing that you have to do is setup that WSUS - GPO correctly and you will leave it there working for you.. This site will help you a bit on ho to install it. If you have any questions post them here.

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    Sounds like a good solution. I thought Microsoft removed SUS awhile ago, and didn't know they had "come back" with WSUS yet. Points and grades awarded :)

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