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im trying to delete the unused applications such as one note and i get an error message if i do. any way to delete extra application folders without getting an error message during start up of install?
there isnt an existing solution i'm aware of, that allows to reduce size of installation source.
@prathapml, Is there any possibility to customize the components using the option B (Config.xml) as you have suggested is the best method?
Yes, please refer to the attached/quoted xml in post #2, which illustrates how to select or de-select components for install.
Hi guys, I'm just wondering if this method works if I don't have the physical Office 2007 media?
It still works. When you click the .EXE & it finishes extracting, just go to your %temp% folder & grab the files.
So, um, where can we get Windows Installer 3.1...
google.....   ;)  (LINK)
I'm Alex from Spain.

So what can I do to deploy Office 2007 without user interferance?

Hmm, not very sure, but you could try a combination of both these:

a.   Put MSP in Updates folder (which you already did)

b.   And edit config.xml, to show DisplayLevel=none.

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im trying to delete the unused applications such as one note and i get an error message if i do. any way to delete extra application folders without getting an error message during start up of install?
there isnt an existing solution i'm aware of, that allows to reduce size of installation source.
@prathapml, Is there any possibility to customize the components using the option B (Config.xml) as you have suggested is the best method?
Yes, please refer to the attached/quoted xml in post #2, which illustrates how to select or de-select components for install.
Hi guys, I'm just wondering if this method works if I don't have the physical Office 2007 media?
It still works. When you click the .EXE & it finishes extracting, just go to your %temp% folder & grab the files.
So, um, where can we get Windows Installer 3.1...
google..... ;) (LINK)
I'm Alex from Spain.

So what can I do to deploy Office 2007 without user interferance?

Hmm, not very sure, but you could try a combination of both these:

a. Put MSP in Updates folder (which you already did)

b. And edit config.xml, to show DisplayLevel=none.

So do I follow method A or B?

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So do I follow method A or B?
Please quote only the section that you'd be referring to - pls dont quote an entire huge post......

And which method do you follow? As the first post says:

If you have a volume-license, only then the Option A works
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Did somebody tried to apply policies with OCT ?

My MSP works but do not apply the policies. I had to work with both methods ( A and B ) to completely get it silent. I cannot put MSP in Updates folders because I need one MSP for standard and another one for pro. So I use setup.exe with the swithes /config and /adminfile with the path where files are and logfile say me that it found both files. Logfile shows me a few couples errors like

Error: Type: MsiRecordSetInteger call failed.. MsiAPICallFailure ErrorCode: 87(0x57).

MSI(UNKNOWN_MESSAGE) terminating install : MsgType='167772160', Msg='1: 2: 3: 4: 5:

My customs settings are applied except policies for Onlines craps.

Any idea ?

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So do I follow method A or B?
Please quote only the section that you'd be referring to - pls dont quote an entire huge post......

And which method do you follow? As the first post says:

If you have a volume-license, only then the Option A works

I went to the %temp% folder and I don't see any of those files there. I just typed "%temp%" into the address bar and it took me to a directory, but those files aren't present even though I double click on the .exe file and it finish extracting.

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Hi guys, i have some problems with Group Policy deployment.Does anyone know whether the MSP file is used during installation (the MSP file is located in the "Update " folder )?.But when i run setup.exe and MSP file is the folder the customized office2007 is working fine. I have tried with GP and MSP file but the settings were not accepted.I modified config.xml file but i dont know how to tell config.xml to remove the previous installation of Office 2003.When i use config.xml file i remove MSP file from the Update folder.In GP I "assign" Office2007 but the office2003 files and shortcuts are still there and office2003 is working fine(Office2003 is deployed on GP with publish).I have read the deployment guide and there the following appeared:

"Applying customizations to the Office installation

All customizations must be made in the Config.xml file. Setup does not apply Setup customization files that you create using the Office Customization Tool (OCT). For more information about using the Config.xml file"

I understood it in this way : All settings i have done on the MSP file were not applied on GP deployment ,so i used config.xml file.

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Hi Guys

First of all, Prathapml, if you don't already work for Microsoft as a Product Deployment Specialist, they should hire you. Your clear intructions and to the point advice makes Microsoft's documentation look like a dog's breakfast!

Since Win2K our organisation has been deploying software packages via Group Policy (Intellimirror) and this worked very well for Office 2003. (Add the MSI along with an MST file and there you go.) It was my initial understanding that it would be just as simple with Office 2007, but I notice Microsoft has since pulled the documentation they had on this off their website and instead point you in the direction of BDD 2007 (Business Desktop Deployment). I have played around with this, but it appears the only thing you can do is create an additional packaged that gets deployed along with a Vista image.

Does anybody have clear instructions on how Group Policy deployment of Office 2007 can be achieved? I tried adding the EnterpriseWW.msi file via Group Policy, but actual deployment fails with an error that it can not find other source files. In addition to setting the installation states and Product Key etc in the Config.xml, do you also have to specify paths in the file so that the MSI can find the other files it needs to install? (FYI, I was able to successfully create an MSP file using OCT and it is saved in the Updates folder.)

Any advice on this would be highly appreciated!! :thumbup

Thanks & regards

JaySwift

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im installing it via msp file but now in vista the setup doesnt associate office files and everytime an office app is launched i get a windows "wait until windows configures office 2007". in winxp pro i never had this problem. i also made a new msp file right in windows vista but the problem is the same. i have tested this on 3 computer with windows vista ultimate and business. if i install office normally there isnt any problem.

any insights? thanks.

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Hi,

Has anyone been able to run the Office Customization Tool from the Action Pack DVD?

(DVD Part no. X13-35827 EN Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007)

I am getting the retail error when running "setup.exe /admin" from DVD or Network..

"Files necessary to run the Office Customization Tool were not found. Run Setup from the installation point of a qualifying product"

Cheers..

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Tone,

Action Pack Media have been stripped of the ability to perform Administrative installations. Action Pack media is the same as Retail/OEM media. It has been something I have been ranting about since the inception of the MS Action Pack. It was the case with Windows XP and Office 2003. I was hoping it would be different with Office 2007 / Vista but it isn't. Please see excerpt of my recent complaint to MAPS-NA@microsoft.com:

"I really do not understand the motivation for disabling these features in the Action Pack media. Isn't the whole point of the Action Pack to enable us to setup Labs and test products and technologies before implementing at our clients??"

This was their reply:

"We apologize for any inconvenience you may be experiencing with Office 2007. At this time, technical support is not included as a benefit to the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription.

In order to obtain paid technical support, please contact the following number:

888-677-9444"

Go figure. :angry:

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Hi Jay,

Had chance to compare media today and also received same email response from MS.

The Action Pack is missing the \admin folder and has r suffix on these files\folders..

\Enterpriser.WW

\Enterpriser.WW\EnterpriserWW.msi

\Enterpriser.WW\EnterpriserWW.xml

Enterprise media,

\Enterprise.WW

\Enterprise.WW\EnterpriseWW.msi

\Enterprise.WW\EnterpriseWW.xml

Action Pack Key works with the proper Enterprise Media.

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hello everybody:

please, help me. i can't install office 2k7. I have tried with option B, but i cant install anything, it always put me a window asking me for the PROPLS.WW

please, HELP. I've been searching for help for a long time, but i cant find anything. I've tried a lot of methods, but noting.

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Let me start off with saying I am a newbie at all of this.

I am using SMS 2003R2 to push out Office 2007...or more like I am attempting to do this.

I have created the msp file and per directions tried the "setup.exe /adminfile Custom.msp" in the command line for the SMS program.

When I run the program I get the following error - "The Setup configuration file config.xml is not valid. Run Setup again without using a Setup configuration file, or fix the configuration file."

There is no configuration file in the Setup folders...this is a Volume License Setup...the previous person had removed the config file from the enterprise.ww folder....when running the program manually it starts without a problem.

Any ideas or assistance would be greatly appreciated as I am at a loss.

Thank you in advance.

-Irate Penguin

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