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    Office 2010. Create MSI with MSI creator. Advanced installer maybe?

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    I would like to deploy Office 2010 using GPO software installation rather than using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to make things cleaner.

    I know Office 2010 does not include a MSI and i dont like the idea of scripts.

    Has anyone tried creating a MSI with a program such as Advanced Installer?

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    I think it will end up messy if you try to repackage it. Make a transform using the correct set up switch or consider something like App-V.

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    i dont like the idea of scripts.
    Whats wrong with a script?

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    Out of curiosity, any reason you don't just run the msi then?

    Normally the setup.exe will just extract the msi's to a temp location to install from anyway.


    e.g.
    Code:
    Office64WW.msi
    Office64WW.xml
    Ose.exe
    Osetup.dll
    OWOW64WW.cab
    ProPsWW.cab
    ProPlusWW.msi
    ProPlusWW.xml
    Pkeyconfig-office.xrm-ms
    Setup.exe
    Setup.xml


    Yes it'll be longer, and harder way to setup without using their own setup.exe swtiches, but if you really want an msi...

    (As a note, Never tried to do it this way as didn't see the point, but guessing as long as you get the right install order/switches, should work?)

    Steve
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    The best option is to use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. If you are looking for a repackaging solution, then the best tool that we found is EMCO MSI Package Builder: MSI Package Builder - Create MSI Packages Automatically. We managed to repackage Office 2010 succesfully using it. But you need to use clean VM for repackaging and follow other repackaging best practices. The repackaging feature of this tool is explained here: EXE to MSI Converter - Automatic Installation Repackaging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dany2010 View Post
    Has anyone tried creating a MSI with a program such as Advanced Installer?
    Repackaging something as complex as Office is unlikely to work. I wouldn't even attempt it.

    If you create a suitable MSP, all your script would have to do is run Setup.exe to automate the Office installer.

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    Thanks for all your replies.

    If we were to run a script to install office would it install on load up when it says please wait before logging in and extend this part? This is what we are after.

    The thing that we dont like about deploying it with MDT is that we cant then role it out to other machines that are not installed using MDT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dany2010 View Post
    The thing that we dont like about deploying it with MDT is that we cant then role it out to other machines that are not installed using MDT.
    You can set up a Task Sequence to just push Apps, and run a net use and then the LiteTouch.WSF in your scripts folder, to access the wizard and select the appropriate task sequence..

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    The script runs the first time the machine loads up on the domain, before the logon box appears. Takes less than an hour (depending on your machine). Works flawlessly, never had a problem with it in a year and a half.

    Seriously, don't overcomplicate life, there's enough of that from Microsoft already

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