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Deploying Office 2007 via Group Policies

Hi,
I have been searching and finding all kinds of articles/info on this topic, but there are so many that are conflicting (use SMS or use config.xml or use OCT or use startup scripts or...well you get the point.)   So, I figured I would just ask someone here to clear it all up for me.

I would like to deploy Office 2007 via Group Policies, if possible.  I have multiple labs that need this installed within a few days before the summer quarter starts at the school.  I have created seperate OU's for each lab, since we may have to do one lab at a time due to classroom scheduling.

Also, I have Windows 2003 / AD environment.  The clients are Windows XP Pro.  Lastly, the clients already have Office 2003 Pro installed manually (by using the CD's.)

My skill level is, I have setup a couple of .msi installs via GPO and a couple of startup scripts before, but I wouldn't call myself a guru, by any means.  

Not sure if there is any info I am missing.  If so, just let me know.

Thanks for your time and any assistance you can offer.

Bob
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MidnightOne, Thank you for the quick reply.  I appreciate the link, but I am unable to get it to work.  When the client restarts it displays that it is installing the managed Microsoft Office 2007 Pro Plus, but when I go to the start menu there is nothing there.  Also, it doesn't take but a moment...so, I know it is not installing.  I am unsure what I am missing.  Would it be easier to create a startup script instead?

Just wondering.

Thanks.

Bob
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Also, I tried customizing the config.xml file, but just not that familar with xml so not sure if I am doing that correctly either.  However, I have successfully created a MSP file using OCT, so was just wondering how to implement that instead.

Bob
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Ok, I apology up front but I am getting a little frustrated with this and I am sure it is just me making it harder than it is.  But can someone walk me through the process of setting everything up to push Office 2007 Pro Plus out to my lab computers?

I seem to be getting a little bit here and a little bit there and it is making my head spin.  There is so many ways to do this, I just want the easiest and most efficient way to manage it.

Any more assistance would be greatly, greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Bob
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Here is my customed config.xml file.  Maybe I am doing something wrong in here for it not to be working using GPO software installaion package.

<Configuration Product="ProPlus">

      <Display Level="none" CompletionNotice="no" SuppressModal="yes" AcceptEula="yes" />
      
      <!-- <Logging Type="standard" Path="%temp%" Template="Microsoft Office Professional Plus Setup(*).txt" /> -->
      
      <PIDKEY Value="xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" />

      <USERNAME Value="User" />
      
      <COMPANYNAME Value="SSCC" />
      
      <INSTALLLOCATION Value="%programfiles%\Microsoft Office" />
      
      <!-- <LIS CACHEACTION="CacheOnly" /> -->
      
      <!-- <SOURCELIST Value="\\server1\share\Office12;\\server2\share\Office12" /> -->
      
      <DistributionPoint Location="\\server\Office2007ProPlus$\ProPlus.WW" />
      
      <OptionState Id="ProductFiles" State="local" Children="force" />
      
      <Setting Id="Reboot" Value="IfNeeded" />
      
      <Command Path="msiexec.exe" Args="/i \\server\Office2007ProPlus$\ProPlus.WW\ProPlusWW.msi" QuietArg="/q" ChainPosition="after" Execute="install" />

</Configuration>
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Ok, here is what I understand.

Option 1: Use a startup script with MSP file made by OCT.

Option 2: Use GPO Software Installation with config.xml file.

Option 3: Manually install Office 2007 with CD on each individual computer.

Is this correct?  If so, which option is the best for maintaining and easy admin management?

What is the best step by step approach to this option?

Thanks again for all you help so far.  I feel I am closing in on the solution...just need to finish getting my ducks in a row.

Bob
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