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best way to automate a mass install of office 2007 over AD?

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I have a new W2K3 server going in on Friday of next week and I have 35 copies of Office 2007 to install. They're upgrading from peer to peer with an NFS share to a domain environment. Everyone will be given their own domain account and all PC's will obviously be added to the domain. I know there's a way that I can create a .msi file from Office 2007 with all the settings I want, and then push it out via Active Directory. Or, if there's another easier way, that would be great. I've used Altiris & Kaseya before for previous clients, but I don't have that luxury for this client.
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I would start by using group policy to assign Office 2007 to computers in your domain or OU.

Copy the Office files to a shared folder, make sure domain users can read and execute to the files in tha share.

Create a GPO to assign the software from the 'Computer Configuration' section of the GPO.  Drill down through the network properties and map the policy that way.

Reboot each PC and every machine within the scope of the GPO should install Office 2007 at restart.
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I'm just getting around to building this package to push out. I hope one of the first links shows me how to customize it and package it into an MSI file. It looks as though under GPO -> Computer Config -> Software Settings -> Software Installation, that I can only push .msi and .zap packages. I also thought you could push it via .cmd file.
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Well done. Thank you gentlemen. I've been customizing and testing for the past few hours. Looks as though I was successful in getting it to do exactly what I want. The only thing I would add is that the Office 2007 Enterprise & Volume License copies of O2007 are the only versions that come with the Office Customization Tool & config templates. Here's a quick overview.

1. Copy the entire MS Office CD/DVD to a share on the server you'll be using to do the push
2. Go to the link below and download the Office Customization Pack. Extract it to the root Office directory in the share you created

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=92D8519A-E143-4AEE-8F7A-E4BBAEBA13E7&displaylang=en

3. From a DOS or RUN prompt, type "setup.exe /admin"

Begin customizing and have a blast. Then you can push it out via GPO, login script, 3rd party app, and any other number of different ways. The Office customization links above helped me greatly as well.
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