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Office 2003 Install

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)' started by AJ, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    With our licence with M$ we are able to upgrade and/or install M$ Office 2003 on all of the pc's in the school, not a problem. We are also able to install Office on all staff machines including those at the staff's home address (so long as they use it for work purposes).

    Now as I've said before, most of the staff need their hands holding when something new crops up. So to let them have a copy of the office disk could prove a problem, plus the fact we don't want them to have access to our product code.

    There must be a way of istalling the Office suite with an answer file. However I would like to take this on step further and make an image of the office install disk with the answer file on it, with the product code so all the user has to do is put the disk into their machine and Office is installed with no user intervension.

    Any thoughts :?:

    Ta very much
     
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  2. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Good question AJ, I would be interested to know the outcome of this so keep us posted.

    This looks like the place to make a start.

    http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/2000/two/30t2_2.htm
     
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  3. AJ

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    Thanks for the link Si, I'll look into this and let you know.
     
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  4. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    Ok, just about got there, but need a little help with the Autorun bit.

    What I want the disk to do is autorun and then install Office with absolutly no user interaction. So I want the install to use the .MSI file and then the .MST file to transform the installation.

    At the moment I'm not sure that it is using the msi file. I think it is autorunning using the normal setup.exe

    Here is the text of the autorun file.

    [autorun]
    OPEN=SETUP.EXE /AUTORUN
    ICON=SETUP.EXE,1

    [MSI]
    msi=pro11.msi /qb-

    [Options]
    TRANSFORM=New Custom Setup File.MST
    setup.exe TRANSFORMS="New Custom Setup File.MST" /qb-

    Can you tell me where I've gone wrong please!
     
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  5. AJ

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    Got the install going now with no user intervension off the CD. The only problem is that you have to stop the autorun otherwise it installs normally asking the user what sort of install they want. Run setup from the command line or Run with the /qb- switch no problems.

    I was trying to get the disk to autorun and install directly without any user interaction, so I guess my problem is with the autorun command. Anyway, what I did was copy all of the disk onto the HDD and ran setup.exe /a

    The /a switch makes an installation point (as if you are going to use a network share to install from). Then I needed to download the Office Resource Kit from M$. That has the Custom Installation Wizard, so that you can make an .MST file to transform the .MSI file you use to install. Use the Custom install wizard and somewhere along the line you get the chance to input the product code, save the .MST file. You then need to change the setup.ini file in the files\setup folder. The original .MSI file must be on the root of the drive (CD). All you need to do is add the path to the .MST file in the appropiate place and viola done. One Office disk for stupid user install :wink:
     
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  6. icgaff

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    I spent some time messing around and just changed the autorun file to this:

    [autorun]
    OPEN=msiexec /i PRO11.msi TRANSFORMS=Unattended.mst /passive
    ICON=SETUP.EXE,1

    This allows you to put CD in, then it autoruns, installs without any intervention using your mst file.

    WOOHOO!

    Hope this helps others who stumbled across this post through Google looking for the answer.
     
  7. ffreeloader

    ffreeloader Terabyte Poster

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    If you are running AD why not just push this out through a gpo? That way it will either the first time they use it, they can install it from the Add/Remove Wizard in the Control Panel, or it will install the first time they log on.

    It's been a long time since I played with this, but I don't remember having to have the product code to install things this way.
     
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  8. nugget
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    Freddy, it looks like AJ wanted a way for them to install it on their pc's at home without them having any interaction with the install.
     
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  9. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    Soz chaps just caught up with this one again. Indeed the object was so that the school staff could load Office 2003 onto their laptops without user intervention.

    We tend not to use AD to install software as the guy who deals with the software uses Ghost to install any software that is not part of the standard OS image.
     
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