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Could some help with an issue I am having. I am trying to install office via group policy.

We had someone come in to install office by group policy and he produced a solution which worked (batch file which pointed to an xml file)  However it turned out that the files we were using was the enterprise edition of office and we were only licenced for Professional Version.

I tried to use the solution he implemented to work with the new "professional" files but hitting a few snags. it keeps producing the jpg error below.

I have posted the config.xml  and the batch.file

any help would be greatly appraicated as struggling here.
the group policy points to a batch file (see attachment 1)

If there is an easier way, I am welcome to suggestions.
I have done an msp file , which I have placed within the updates folder



 
office-error.JPG
config.xml
batchfile.txt
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by:TheGorby
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Well I don't see any errors, but I assume you're saying that you want the installation to run silently or without any user interaction? If so...
You need to change the line 'Display Level="full"' to be 'Basic' or 'None' instead.
This article may help: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179121.aspx
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by:andrewison
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Yes I saw that and added none and basic, but it still keeps coming up ....
I am testing this by logging on as admin and running the batch file.

Any other suggestions.. pulling the proverbial hair out ....
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Well I'm stumped as well on this one, although I would suggest maybe trying to deploy using the Office 2007 Resource Kit instead. The Custom Installation Wizard that comes with it works very well for preconfigured silent Office installations. I use it all the time myself, and I believe with 2007 the tools are included:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc303401(office.12).aspx 
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by:Lotok
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If you create an MST (Transform) using the Resource Kit or something like WISE then you just need your batch file to read


c:\windows\system32\msiexec.exe /i "\\share\path\msifile.msi" TRANSFORMS="\\share\path\mstfile.mst" /QN

The MST is very easy to create with the resource kit. Just use the customised installation option.
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by:Lotok
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Also worth noting with your current setup, you commented out the command from the XML file.

- <!--  <Command Path="msiexec.exe" Args="/i \\server\share\my.msi" QuietArg="/q" ChainPosition="after" Execute="install" />
  -->

You need to uncomment that and fill in the relative details.
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by:andrewison
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None of the solution resolved the issue but we have got sccm now so no need to go down this road,. Thanks for ur help regardless.
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