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Product key pops up when deploying Office 2003 via GPO.

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In to Group policy management at my GPO I click edit  > computer configuration > software installaation> new package and specify the location UNC of the excel msi file click assign click ok I go back out to group policy management in the security filtering I add a computer name, the computer runs the excel install but stops at product key box, after I entered the product key the install finish.
How could I eliminate the product key box from poping up at the client's computer?

Any notes, tips, tricks, and or links to resolve this issues?
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by:bluescreen02
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the pop up window appear on the client's computer.
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I hope I got this in the right zone... I was hoping to get lots of reply on this...
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by:matrixnz
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Use the Microsoft Office 2003 Office Resource Kit, inside you'll find the Custom Installation Wizard which will you can include the product code and other settings as well, once completed it will create an MST file which you can than apply with your MSI.
Resource Kit can be downloaded from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4bb7cb10-a6e5-4334-8925-3bcf308cfbaf&displaylang=en

Otherwise you could use use it PIDKEY property in the commandline for example

excel.msi PIDKEY=1234512345123451234512345 /QN /NoReboot

Hope that helps.

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will this work for both the whole office products word, excel, access, outlook, how about individual say I just want access install? for 2003 or 2007.
could you be more clear? thanks.
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by:matrixnz
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The Custom Installation Wizard within the Office Resouce Kit is for Office 2003 and/or individual Products.

For Office 2007 the Custom Installation Wizard is inbuilt into the Setup.exe, to get this you would type:
Setup.exe /Admin

The Office 2007 method uses MSP Files whereas the Office 2003 method uses MST

If you're only referring to the PIDKEY property this will work for all Office 2003 products.

For Office 2007 look at the Config.xml file for what ever product you are wishing to deploy, you  set the product key within here.  more information about how to do this here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179195.aspx

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this may be a dumb question but let me ask, I ran the setup.exe /admin and did the process it created .msp file but don't I need an .msi to deploy through GPO?
On your second part Iif I wanted to install just Excel 2007 I look at the dvd and in excel.en-us folder I see excelR.cab, ExcelMui.msi, ExcelMui.xml, and setup.xml files, I use the ExcelMui.msi for GPO and which file do I use for the config.xml for the product key?
sorry brain fart...
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matrixnz,

in office 2003 I see an excel msi file I take that to the gpo software installation, the computer ran the excel but stops at the PID windows how would I eliminate that PID window from poping up? other than the command line that you mention.

thanks.
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For Office 2007 Group Policy installations see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179214.aspx for more information.

For Microsoft Office 2003 as I mentioned you should use the Office Customization Wizard via the ORK tool at the end of this it creates an MST(Transform File) you can than apply this to the MSI installation.

See http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ork2003/ha011402011033.aspx for more details regarding this.

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