We run a Windows Server 2003 Network.
We bought all new systems for our company with OEM versions of Windows XP and Office Small Business 2007.
We want to do a ghost image for each department. we realize you can't GHOST OEM Office so we decided after deploying hte ghost image we would push Office out via group policy (still not sure if you can do this with OEM Office but I'm hoping it challenges for a product key because we have enough legal OEM copies to do it)
I test t his with a laptop, put it in the OU with the group policy assigned to it. I put the MSI file into Computer Configuratio Software settings from a network share where I had copied the entire CD.
I gave Everyone Read, List and execute permissions to that network share and have tested that it accesses from the laptop just fine.
When I reboot the system, nothing happens. A GP result shows that the policy is applied to the computer, but the software doesn't even attempt to install.
When I look at the event log the error says The install of application Microsoft Office Small Business 2007 from policy 2008 Computers failed. The error was : The installation source for this product is not available. Verify that the source exists and that you can access it.
I know it's there... and I know that the computer in question and the user can access it just fine.
I'm at a loss...