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Office 2007, Unattended Setup & Fine-tuning

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Thanks for the work!

btw, the "Option A" method is easier & works with (RTM - final) Office 2007 Enterprise now.
You could even drop the unattended-custom.MSP file in the "Updates" folder & setup will pick it up automatically.










If only someone found how to disable the local installation source ( the useless MSOcache folder ).......
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Thanks for the work!

btw, the "Option A" method is easier & works with (RTM - final) Office 2007 Enterprise now.
You could even drop the unattended-custom.MSP file in the "Updates" folder & setup will pick it up automatically.










If only someone found how to disable the local installation source ( the useless MSOcache folder ).......



Yeah update folder is a nice option. But u must have 1.4gb's of free space to install.

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its great that MS now comes with this "edit all the tons of features in office". This way we can forge to import custom settings and other annoyances. Just complete the confguration wizard using option A and thats all.

Doing it right now, will post results. thanks for the info.

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How can I create unattended setup of Office 2007 as an ugrade of office 2003? (and slipstreaming it in a windows 2003 r2 dvd)

Thanks in advance

Edited by stavpal, 16 November 2006 - 07:54 AM.


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If only someone found how to disable the local installation source ( the useless MSOcache folder ).......


sadly you can't get rid of the local installation folder as it is needed now, since administrative installation points have gone away. local installation files will always be generated for the installation.

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How can I create unattended setup of Office 2007 as an ugrade of office 2003? (and slipstreaming it in a windows 2003 r2 dvd)

Creating unattended setup is described in my first post in this topic.
By default, o2k7 will upgrade o2k3.
And to slip-stream (or rather, install o2k7 with svr2k3R2) read the MSFN unattended guide.


sadly you can't get rid of the local installation folder as it is needed now, since administrative installation points have gone away. local installation files will always be generated for the installation.

I read about it, but clearly LIS is not that much an essential part. Right since the office 2000 days, i've always been led to believe that the LIS is on the hard-disk for the purpose of re-install/repair-install/etc.
And its the same case even now, because setup installs o2k7 completely, then makes the MSOcache folder, & then exits. So it has no part to play in 1st-install, and I see no need for any repairs, considering that any install-problems on our systems will be fixed by a restore of original disk-image.

I'm going to be forced to edit the CUSTOM.MSP to add a post-install task - a CMD script to search all writable partitions for the folder named MSOcache & if found, remove it!
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i think that 5xx mb are not much of a space eater. and its saves people a lot of problems with the modify/repair. for me, im letting the folder as it is.

windows should have a function to "completely hide" a folder/archive so it doesnt display it, not even when turning off hide hidden files. this way we can hide many things that are annoying like SYSTEMTOOLS folder of diskeeper.

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590 MB definitely is a space eater.
Especially, when i deliberately create a C: partition of only 7.5 GB to hold only the most important parts of the system - OS & basic apps alone - all else to other partition. (& i have a 500 GB HDD).

Moreover, its not about "space occupied" - its about unnecessary junk that you KNOW will NEVER be used.
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Don't know if possible but can all other Lang be trimmed from the Admin dir?
Its around 26 meg & the Eng dir is only 2 meg. Really like to trim this one.

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590 MB definitely is a space eater.
Especially, when i deliberately create a C: partition of only 7.5 GB to hold only the most important parts of the system - OS & basic apps alone - all else to other partition. (& i have a 500 GB HDD).

Moreover, its not about "space occupied" - its about unnecessary junk that you KNOW will NEVER be used.


i agree. i just mentioned that the modify/repair functionality is a saver for "average" people. personally i dont like to have any unnecessary stuff in my system so when a solution come out i will use it. but when people call me and say: "i tried to open x document but the program crashed..." well, its easy to tell them just to repair the installation. it saves me a lot of trips to install it over again.

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Trying to force the Local Installation Source to be put in a different location. Does anyone know how to do this?

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Would it be possible to shrink Office2007?
I have been using an unattended shrinked Office2003, 60MB (still using CD, since there are still a lot of computers without DVD). So I am hoping I will be able to shrink 2007 as well :)

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I would like to shrink it too.
And eliminate the LIS as well! (MSOcache)
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I hope you guys will soon find a way to get rid of the MSOcache folder because it's so annoying.

And some GUI tool for Office Shrink would be nice too :P

Until then, I stay with Office XP.

Edited by rado354, 28 November 2006 - 01:22 PM.


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Theoretically, modifying Office-Shrink for o2k7 wont be very difficult, but then the auto-it sources are encrypted....
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It is possible to remove auto-reboot process after silent install ??

Yes you can specify that when you're making the MSP file for unattending.
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I'm trying to install Office Enterprise 2007 in my AD environment via Group Policy.

Office 2003 was manually installed before I got here, so I don't have a Group Policy to upgrade.

On some test machines, when I push Office 2007, it installs next to Office 2003, not over top, or as an upgrade. This is totally not the desired affect.

Here's my config.xml file...

<Configuration Product="Enterprise">

<Display Level="basic" CompletionNotice="yes" SuppressModal="no" AcceptEula="yes" />

<!-- <Logging Type="standard" Path="%temp%" Template="Microsoft Office Enterprise Setup(*).txt" /> -->

<PIDKEY Value="XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX" />

<USERNAME Value="XXXXXXX" />

<COMPANYNAME Value="XXXXXXXX" />

<INSTALLLOCATION Value="%programfiles%\Microsoft Office" />

<!-- <LIS CACHEACTION="CacheOnly" /> -->

<SOURCELIST Value="\\XXXXXXXX\Microsoft\Office Enterprise 2007\Install" />

<!-- <DistributionPoint Location="\\server\office" /> -->

<OptionState Id="ACCESSFiles" State="Local" Children="force" /> //access
<OptionState Id="OUTLOOKFiles" State="Local" Children="force" /> //outlook
<OptionState Id="PubPrimary" State="Local" Children="force" /> //publisher
<OptionState Id="AceRepl" State="absent" Children="force" /> //access db Engine replication
<OptionState Id="CAGFiles" State="Local" Children="force" /> //Clip Organizer
<OptionState Id="MSSOAP3" State="absent" Children="force" /> //SOAP toolkit
<OptionState Id="OsaNonBoot" State="Local" Children="force" /> //new,open office docu lnks
<OptionState Id="ProofingTools_1036" State="absent" Children="force" /> //french
<OptionState Id="ProofingTools_3082" State="absent" Children="force" /> //spanish
<OptionState Id="WISPFiles" State="Local" Children="force" /> //handwriting
<OptionState Id="DocServicesFiles" State="Local" Children="force" /> //docu update util
<OptionState Id="HTMLSourceEditing" State="Local" Children="force" /> //script editor
<OptionState Id="DocumentImagingUtils" State="Local" Children="force" /> //scanning,ocr,indexing
<OptionState Id="OISFiles" State="absent" Children="force" /> //picture manager
<OptionState Id="OSESupp" State="Local" Children="force" /> //sharepoint support
<OptionState Id="QueryFiles" State="Local" Children="force" /> //msQuery
<OptionState Id="VisioPreviewerFiles" State="Local" Children="force" /> //visio viewer
<OptionState Id="XDOCSFiles" State="Local" Children="force" /> //infopath
<OptionState Id="GrooveFiles" State="Local" Children="force" /> //groove
<OptionState Id="OneNoteFiles" State="Local" Children="force" /> //onenote
<OptionState Id="RefIEBarFiles" State="absent" Children="force" /> //research explorer bar
<OptionState Id="WebDriveFiles" State="absent" Children="force" /> //hosted webs
<OptionState Id="VBAFiles" State="absent" Children="force" /> //VB for applications
<OptionState Id="OfficeDigitalSFiles" State="absent" Children="force" /> //vba certificates

<Setting Id="Reboot" Value="IfNeeded" />

<!-- <Command Path="msiexec.exe" Args="/i \\server\share\my.msi" QuietArg="/q" ChainPosition="after" Execute="install" /> -->

</Configuration>



Another question, if I have a .msp file in the updates folder, does that get applied when installing from the Enterpriseww.msi file via group policy?

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It is possible to remove auto-reboot process after silent install ??


"start /wait setup.exe /adminfile custom.msp"........no reboot!!!

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I'm trying to install Office Enterprise 2007 in my AD environment via Group Policy.

Office 2003 was manually installed before I got here, so I don't have a Group Policy to upgrade.

On some test machines, when I push Office 2007, it installs next to Office 2003, not over top, or as an upgrade. This is totally not the desired affect.



I'm experiencing exactly the same issue when installing through group policies. i've even checked the option to remove the previous version before installing the new one, and used the gpo-option to replace a previous package (office 2003) but that doesn't seem to work at all. all office 2003 shortcuts remain active, and after clicking one of them, it starts the windows installer to reinstall or repair office 2003. after that process finished, the coresponding application, e.g. word 2003 starts up normally, but word 2007 is also available.... any idea how to get rid of office 2003 during the upgrade?

Edited by grunz, 14 December 2006 - 09:52 AM.


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Unattending or silently installing MS Office System, has now become easier than ever.

First, you fetch yourself the version of Office that you want from Microsoft Connect. Two versions are available currently, both being Beta1 Technical-Refresh - either the ProPlus (core apps only, 441 MB) or the Enterprise (core+other+server, 1.08 GB).

Then, there are two ways to unattend your setup. Option A (use it only if you got Office12 thru SoftwareAssurance, which comes with activation stripped out). Option B is for all the others (retail/OEM/academic/etc). Both are colored differently below.


Option A:
1. Ensure you have WindowsInstaller 3.1 already installed.
2. Ensure you have an actual enterprise/corporate CD & CD-key (which wont need activation).
3. Notably, o2k7 uses setup patches (*.MSP) rather than transforms which previous versions used (*.MST). The below instructions will give you an MSP file, which is not accepted by non-corporate versions of o2k7. If you ignored point2 above, then you will end up wasting 15 minutes of your life which I'm not responsible for.
4. Now at the command prompt, type: setup.exe /admin
5. Choose the product for which you want to make a customization-patch.
6. Then go through all steps in the customization wizard (to install the reqd apps & remove junk & change default settings).
7. Be sure to have "completion notice" turned on & "suppress modals" turned off (this is to get to see errors, if any exist). Once you're done with testing, go thru the customization again to modify the MSP to disable completion notice & enable suppress modals.
8. Save the resulting patch file in the same folder as o2k7 setup files.
9. Now just execute this command (thru any method) for silent install: setup.exe /adminfile CUSTOM.MSP


NEWS-FLASH!
If you have the final Enterprise release of Office 2007, then Option A works flawlessly.
You could even drop the CUSTOM.MSP file in the "Updates" folder & setup will pick it up automatically (without any switches being used).



I was wondering if this method works for Proplus. I have put the .msp file in the updates folder and when I go to deploy it to a test machine it starts to install office but quickly comes to the ctrl-alt-del then when I log in to check it only installs the office folder. No word excel etc. jsut like image scanner and one other office tool. any thoughts on this?

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I was wondering if this method works for Proplus. I have put the .msp file in the updates folder and when I go to deploy it to a test machine it starts to install office but quickly comes to the ctrl-alt-del then when I log in to check it only installs the office folder. No word excel etc. jsut like image scanner and one other office tool. any thoughts on this?


have you tried to launch the setup with setup.exe /adminfile yourfile.msp?
im using this way and is working great. i have now deploy it to about 5 machines and all went fine.

Edited by elajua, 15 December 2006 - 10:46 PM.

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I almost successfully completed the unattended install, but am wondering what option i need to set to make it completely silent, i still have the option window were it says install and customize.

Thanks for the info and assistance




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