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    Office auto activation behind cachepilot proxy

    Hi folks,

    Im trying to deploy Office 2010 to out to our teachers workstations. I have followed the method of using the Microsoft script and deploying via group policy at computer start up. I have created the admin install file and it all works perfectly except the automatic activation. I have read that I can enter AUTO_ACTIVATE=1 in the OCT to achieve this but it doesnt work at startup.

    We use a cachepilot box as our proxy and this requires authentication.

    How would the computer get its proxy settings to auto activate before a user logs in??

    Has anyone got this to work? I want to roll it our over night and would like for the users to not have to do anything when they come in, like activate office over the net.

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    James

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    Have a look at VAMT - Volume activatio management tool -allows you to remotely deploy and manage licenses and activate them remotely too!

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    the clients are XP, does this matter?

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    No - should work - will onyl be able to manage the office licenses not the XP ones.

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    Ok thanks,

    Ill use that for now but is this problem actually solvable?

    Can a computer connect to the internet via a proxy server before a user logs on to automatically activate?

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    Im not using a kms host

    there are only going to be about 40 deployments. As mentioned above, I can use the VAMT to activate them, I want to know if its possible to activate them automatically at computer start up when the product gets installed.

    If i run the script with a user logged in, it works. I can install the product and have it auto activate. I just cant do it at startup.

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    have a look at the proxycfg command - was often needed to get automatic updates to work.

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    proxy is a user setting in group policy that applies when a user logs on. Obviously this happens after software deployment. A possibility which may or may not work for you is use loopback processing to apply user settings when computer settings are applied. There's a merge option that splices user settings into the computer settings. The only issue is what order will it do things in. I don't know. It's still no good if it applies the user settings after the computer settings before logon.

    another option is to use a special login, that installs the software with msiexec in a login script and then logs off afterwards. In this instance user settings have applied when the login script has run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tumbleweed View Post
    have a look at the proxycfg command - was often needed to get automatic updates to work.
    Hi I think its proxycfg -u for windows xp off the top of my head.

    Richard

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    Hi

    What I did was in the script for the install. I got the script to insert the registry key for the lancs proxy and then after the activation it swapped back with another registry key inserted.

    Richard

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