Installing MS Office. How would you do it? And how do you organise your AD environment when doing so?

Hi guys

There are a lot of way to install MS Office out there. Sadly, I'm unable to find the .msi installation to make life slightly easier.

So the questions I have are:

1. How would you go about upgrading office on around 100 PC's on the network? Would you create the network share for the installation and use a script that calls a template to install it without any user intervention using GPO?

2. Now let's say before doing this, you have a load of PC's and Users in various Organisational units. So as an example, our department will need to be upgraded, but some of us are in one OU and others in another OU, but not all of the users in each OU will need to be upgraded. So would you create a new OU and then link the GPO to that? And if you did do that, would you create a security group to add those who need upgrading into it? Or would you add their PC's into this group and add that group to the 'Security filtering' in the GPO? Would you also add the 'authenticated users' group to the security filtering?

Sorry for the questions guys. It's just that when doing Group Policies, there are so many ways of doing things and that security filtering section sometimes really confuses me hence the questions.

Thanks again for helping
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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
If you are stuck using Group Policy, the supported method is with Group Policy scripts. I wrote up how I did that process here:

I would create a security group and add the computers needing the upgrade to the group. I would scope that GPO to only apply to those computers. Remove authenticated users at that point.
YashyAuthor Commented:
thanks a lot Joseph for your feedback and answer. That's a great article man.

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