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Office 2007 Deployment

Office 2007 Deployment on a 22 clients on a windows SBS 2003 Server what is the best way?

I have 22 clients with Office 2000 installed.

Thank you
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Stephen MandersonCommented:
How were the Office 2000 Clients installed?

If done via GPO you could remove them via GPO and deploy the Office 2007 via Computer Configuration so it removes/installs at computer startup.
(Please be sure to check that the version of Office 2007 supports an administrative install using the /a switch.

The other way to do this would be to assign the package to be installed in the Server Management console. This option would just place an icon on the users desktops giving them the option to install it manually. (Depending if you have the users in local administrators)
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arkopoloAuthor Commented:
I think that the Office 2000 was just install on every client manualy
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Stephen MandersonCommented:
Ahh painful.. :P

So there would be no direct way to remove them via gpo.

Hope someone else can help confirm this with me that if it where done via SBS Server management console to allow the user to install the package would the provide the update feature?

What version of Office 2007 is it you have? Can you runt he setup with the /a switch? You would need this in order to make the Office 2007 suite deployable.

Other than that the only way I could see to would be to setup the client computers into a group if not already done so then make them a member of authenticated users. (This allows the computers to install programs at startup) Run the office 2007 with the /a switch so you have the msi package. Place the Package in UNC shared path. In the GPO client computer policy under the computer configuration add the 2007 package via its unc path. This will install Office 2007 on all machines in the machines in the policy.


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arkopoloAuthor Commented:
Anythink that would give a step-by-step deployment I can uninstall the Office 2000 manualy but I would like to us the GPO deploy the Office 2007
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Stephen MandersonCommented:
Sorry allow me to corrct myself office 2007 has undergone major changes to they way it is deployed it no longer uses an msi package but rather an msp.

I havent got round to testing a deploy with Office 2007 but these 2 pages will be very useful in doing so.

http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/fff8197f-284d-4837-8086-47cf2cb410ed1033.mspx?mfr=true
http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/97bf0177-9438-4584-b86f-e608fc995d971033.mspx?mfr=true

I also found this question that is very useful.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Office_Productivity/Office_Suites/MS_Office/Q_22444556.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+2007+gpo+offic

Either way you want to setup the deploy via the server so in the future should your require to remove the software it can be done easily.

Kind Regards
Steve
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Stephen MandersonCommented:
Make that correct.. :P

Ok now as far as removing office 2000 you could do this by creating a batch file. And running it as a startup scrip on the clients.

Take a look here on how to do that.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/296067
http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=217338&start=0

Kind Regards
Steve

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arkopoloAuthor Commented:
I have done a upgrade from Office 2002 to Office 2007 and it took about 30 minutes all the outlook setting have been imported and it was very easy to do.
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