Outlook 2003 GPO Install not working.

Posted on 2010-01-05
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Good afternoon experts! :)

This should be relatively easy, but its been driving me insane for a few days now. We are migrating from Notes to Exchange. No big deal there. (pft) So, we wanted, like all lazy IT pros, to spend days trying to figure out how to install outlook silently and remotely instead of just getting up and installing it.

The story so far:
Created the administrative install site. \\server\app_share\Outlook03\
Ran the custom install wizard to make the .mst, based on the msi in the above folder.
Set all parameters.
Ran the setup.exe Transform=blahblahblah -qt
Installed on mine no problem.
Now, I follow the instructions for pushing the app out through GPO, give it the transform file etc.
Log on a machine with general user privledges, it says its installing, then once the logon finishes, outlook is NOWHERE to be found. however, it DOES write a txt file I told it to do as verification.
Same happens when I make the user a local admin, so its not rights.

Thoughts?!?!? Im flummoxed.
Thanks in advance!!

Michael Cain
Aquarium of the Pacific
Question by:Bordiss
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    Expert Comment

    I seem to remember machine permissions to the share causing me grief with this many moons ago
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    Expert Comment

    How did you install it using GPO?  Did you use User/computer policy?  Can you list here the procedure you did?  Can you check the log files on the client machine especially the application logs if there are any errors on installation?  Have you tried it on different machine?
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    Accepted Solution

    Try adding logging options to find the issue. Below is a long MS article about it but essentially add the following to the .MSI "/L*v C:\Verboselog.txt"

    Post the results and we'll try to help.

    Author Closing Comment

    the logging told me everything I needed to know about the failed installs. Thanks!!

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