Solved

Upgrading from Office 2003 to 2010

Posted on 2011-09-16
3
184 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
We are currently using Office 2003 on approximately 125 desktops running XP. These desktops are distriuted amongst five locations. We don't have any experience doing a mass install or upgrade via an automated process. I'm wondering if it would be best to upgrade from 2003 to 2010 or remove 2003, then install 2010? What tool would be recommended to accomplish this? We are running Exchange 2007, so we should be able to take advantage of the of the enhancements, correct? Thoughts, ideas? Any gotchas to keep in mind?......Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:jslaymon
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:knightlycomputing
ID: 36550561
While I've only done this a few times (and never with that many computers), the article that helped me the most was http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179093.aspx.

Basically, I created a customized network installation folder by 1) copying the contents of the CD/DVD to a network share.  2)Created a Setup customization file (.msp file) by using the Office Customization Tool (OCT).  3) Copy that new .msp to the network shared with the installation files.  4) created a script that executes the setup.exe (or MSI) file.  

The setup will then use that .msp file to customize your installation.  You can then use that script as a logon script or instead of the script use the MSI in that folder to do the mass install via group policy.

You are correct in that Exchange 2007 offer many of the new features of Outlook 2010, however, I'm not up on what those features all are.

The only gotcha that I ran into (on XP) was trying to run the install script on too many computers at the same time.  The file server (and thus the install) slowed to a crawl.

I hope this helps a bit or at least gets you started.
0
 
LVL 5

Accepted Solution

by:
knightlycomputing earned 500 total points
ID: 36550562
While I've only done this a few times (and never with that many computers), the article that helped me the most was http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179093.aspx.

Basically, I created a customized network installation folder by 1) copying the contents of the CD/DVD to a network share.  2)Created a Setup customization file (.msp file) by using the Office Customization Tool (OCT).  3) Copy that new .msp to the network shared with the installation files.  4) created a script that executes the setup.exe (or MSI) file.  

The setup will then use that .msp file to customize your installation.  You can then use that script as a logon script or instead of the script use the MSI in that folder to do the mass install via group policy.

You are correct in that Exchange 2007 offer many of the new features of Outlook 2010, however, I'm not up on what those features all are.

The only gotcha that I ran into (on XP) was trying to run the install script on too many computers at the same time.  The file server (and thus the install) slowed to a crawl.

I hope this helps a bit or at least gets you started.
0
 

Author Comment

by:jslaymon
ID: 36550729
My plan is to do the install at one location at a time. We don't have the staff to handle the anticipated questions and phone calls that would come from all the users at one time.......thanks
0

Featured Post

Enterprise Mobility and BYOD For Dummies

Like “For Dummies” books, you can read this in whatever order you choose and learn about mobility and BYOD; and how to put a competitive mobile infrastructure in place. Developed for SMBs and large enterprises alike, you will find helpful use cases, planning, and implementation.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Microsoft Office Picture Manager is not included in Office 2013. This comes as a shock to users upgrading from earlier versions of Office, such as 2007 and 2010, where Picture Manager was included as a standard application. This article explains how…
Since upgrading to Office 2013 or higher installing the Smart Indenter addin will fail. This article will explain how to install it so it will work regardless of the Office version installed.
The viewer will learn how to  create a slide that will launch other presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint. In the finished slide, each item launches a new PowerPoint presentation and when each is finished it automatically comes back to this slide: …
Excel styles will make formatting consistent and let you apply and change formatting faster. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Excel's built-in styles, how to modify styles, and how to create your own. You'll also learn how to use your custo…

832 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question