[gptalk] Re: trying to deploy Office Compatibility Pack

  • From: "Darren Mar-Elia" <darren@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 08:06:12 -0700

Right. Office 2007 totally broke GP-based software deployment. I've blogged
about this a few times. MSPs are not really useful for GP-based deployment.
Your only real customization option comes in the form of a config.xml file
that allows for *some* customization. You're probably better off deploy O2K7
via startup script with MSPs.


Darren

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Northwood, Ian
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 7:52 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: trying to deploy Office Compatibility Pack

 

Am I right in recalling also that one can no longer use transforms for
Office 2007? I think you have to build patch files (MSPs, which are kind of
transforms) and deposit them in an 'Updates' folder? Check out
http://www.appdeploy.com and use the 'Package KB' link at the top of the
page or the 'Search' link off to the right.

 

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From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: 11 July 2008 15:50
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: trying to deploy Office Compatibility Pack

Not using GP Software Installation. There is no "command line"

 

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of sunshine.baines@xxxxxxxxx
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 7:45 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: trying to deploy Office Compatibility Pack

 

You can pass the ALLUSER=1 throuh the install.

Ex. Msiexec.exe (path to msi install) ALLUSER=1 

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From: "Bobby Benninger" <bobby.benninger@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 16:29:01 -0400
To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [gptalk] Re: trying to deploy Office Compatibility Pack

Ok - wouldn't Microsoft have thought of this when they wrote the MSI or no? 

On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 4:09 PM, Nelson, Jamie <Jamie.Nelson@xxxxxxx> wrote:

Yeah, my bad. You can specify a transform, but not property arguments. I
haven't had to use GPSI in a long time since I'm lucky enough to have
SMS/SCCM for software distribution.

 

Hold up and I can write the transform for you pretty quickly.

 

Jamie Nelson | Infrastructure Consultant | BI&T Operations | Devon Energy |
Work: 405.552.8054 | http://www.dvn.com <http://www.dvn.com/> 

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 2:59 PM 


To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: trying to deploy Office Compatibility Pack

 

You would need to either write a transform to make that property
modification or modify the MSI package directly with a tool like ORCA. There
is no way to pass property options through GPSI.


Darren

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Nelson, Jamie
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 12:55 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: trying to deploy Office Compatibility Pack

 

No I would not do that. Just remove the software install and re-create it
under computer configuration. You should be able to pass the ALLUSERS=1
property when you recreate the package. If memory serves me, you can't
modify the arguments after the package has already been created.

 

Jamie Nelson | Infrastructure Consultant | BI&T Operations | Devon Energy |
Work: 405.552.8054 | http://www.dvn.com <http://www.dvn.com/> 

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Bobby Benninger
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 2:40 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: trying to deploy Office Compatibility Pack

 

should i re-create it as per-user instead of per-computer? 

On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 2:50 PM, Darren Mar-Elia <darren@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

To add onto this Bobby, it doesn't actually sound like the package installed
successfully, or at least it is not being activated successfully. Did you
install it per-user? IF so, did you select to install at first logon in the
Software Installation UI?


Darren

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Nelson, Jamie
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 11:46 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: trying to deploy Office Compatibility Pack

 

Sometimes when you deploy software through Software Installation policy it
installs in "per-user" mode for the SYSTEM account. I always make sure and
use the ALLUSERS=1 argument to ensure that scenario doesn't happen.

 

Jamie Nelson | Infrastructure Consultant | BI&T Operations | Devon Energy |
Work: 405.552.8054 | http://www.dvn.com <http://www.dvn.com/> 

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Bobby Benninger
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 1:40 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] trying to deploy Office Compatibility Pack

 

I am starting to really hate this MSI. 

 

Anyway I was having trouble before getting the GPO to apply because of a
USERENV error in the Application Log, I removed Symantec A/V to resolve this
error and now the GPO applies correctly. 

 

Now my problem is that even though the GPO applied and "Office Compatibility
Pack" shows in add/remove programs, whenever I open a DOCX file I get
prompted to do download the Compatibility Pack from Microsoft b/c its not
installed. 

 

I have read that when you do an assigned software install it doesn't
actually install the app, just preps it to install the first time you use
it. Could this be where things are getting caught up, b/c I am not "using
it" first correctly? 

 

Let me know what info you need to help troubleshoot. Thanks so much for any
advice. 

 

 - Bob


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