Deploy Office 2007 successfully as upgrade on SBS 2003 domain clients

Posted on 2007-10-04
Last Modified: 2013-12-12
I am currently trying to deploy Office 2007 Standard using msi through a Group Policy Object using SBS 2003. SBS 2003 deploys Outlook 2003 as a user install.

The problems are as follows:
-Office 2007 won't install as a computer policy, which documentation says it should.
-If I manually install Office 2007, on reboot it reinstalls Outlook 2003 and then Outlook 2003 won't load due to a DLL error.

What do I do to get the Office Standard 2007 install to work?!?!?!?!
Question by:lbeg
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    Accepted Solution

    First, you need to download and apply the Vista/Office 2007 Compatibility update to your SBS:

    Then... Office 2007 will not upgrade a current installation of Office 2003, it will install side-by-side.  You need to fully uninstall Office 2003 first on each machine.  If you've done that and are still getting the DLL error, please download and use the Office Installation Cleanup Utility to fully remove the remnants of Office 2003:

    Normally, SBS won't try to install Outlook 2003 when it sees Outlook 2007 is installed.  If it still tries to, you can unassign Outlook from the workstations from the Server Management Console > Client Computers > Assign Applications to Client Computers wizard.

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    Thanks for the info.

    Just to reiterate, will that solve the gp deploy failure?
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    I can't really say... I generally don't deploy Office over GP and I've not heard of anyone being able to deploy Office 2007 easily in a small network.  It's generally faster to create a cached installation point and run setup locally on each workstation.


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