MS Office 2013 click to run deployment
After much debate, we've decided to move from Open Office to M$ through the EES scheme. Currently teachers have Office 2007 and pupils have OOo 3.3. I've taken a deep breath and am moving on too (emotionally, not walking out!). We'll review in a year.............like anyone will consider moving back.
Anyway, this leaves me needing to deploy MS Office to all clients, which I've never done before, as I've always just included it in the image. I was originally looking at creating an MST to deploy by GPO. Apart from the many opportunities for me to mess it up, I was always concerned about controlling network utilisation and long boot times during install. However, while reading about the wonders of Office 2013, I discovered that the Click to Run option is now available for the Pro edition (with 2010 it was Home Premium only). Has anyone tried this?
It sounds almost too good to be true - which always makes me suspicious:
You can start using the applications within seconds as it streams until installation is complete - in our environment, few people will be using it at any particular time, so I don't think I'd need to worry about LAN or WAN bandwidth.
I don't need to worry about uninstalling old versions, as they'll run side by side until I get around to it, so no worries about teachers coming to me unable to finish urgent reports.
It also will come with all updates (although I really hope there aren't too many yet). That is the only area I am slightly concerned about - it will always take whatever updates MS push out, so I can't control with WSUS.
Any advice welcome.