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how can I deploy Office 2010 Professional Plus using SCCM 2007 - Part 1


This guide will help you to deploy Office 2010 using SCCM 2007 in your LAB. If you'd like to get guidance from Technet on this subject then please see here. This guide is based upon and may reference content found below:-

1. Microsoft Technet Forums - Silent Deployment for Office 2010 with SCCM
2. Stealthpuppy - Customising Office 2010 before deployment
3. Microsoft Downloads - Office 2010 Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool
4. Technet - Deploy Office 2010 by using System Center Configuration Manager 2007
5. Technet - Precache the local installation source for Office 2010
6. Technet - Config.xml file in Office 2010
7. Technet - Office Customization Tool in Office 2010
8. Microsoft - Best Practices and Lessons Learned (Deploying Office 2010 at Microsoft)

Step 1. Download Office 2010 Professional Plus 32bit (x86).

Download the file from Technet or MSDN, I used the following one for this guide and I downloaded it from MSDN.

Office Professional Plus 2010 (x86) - (English)

Why choose 32 bit ? well in an Enterprise even with 64 bit Operating System, Microsoft recommends using the 32bit version of Office 2010, please see here for reasons why.

A key consideration is that you cannot install native 64-bit Office 2010 on computers that have 32-bit Office applications and third-party add-ins installed. You must uninstall the 32-bit Office applications and add-ins before you can install 64-bit Office 2010. If you have 32-bit third-party Office applications and add-ins that are required for users, you can install the default option, which is 32-bit Office 2010 (WOW64 installation) on computers that run supported 64-bit editions of Windows. A list of applications that block and those that do not block a 64-bit Office 2010 is included. See Blocking and nonblocking Office applications in 64-bit installations.

and below is what Microsoft recommend you install in an Enterprise:-

In enterprise environments, the default is to install Office 2010 32-bit on computers that run either 32-bit or 64-bit editions of Windows operating systems.
 We recommend this option.

File details below:-

File Name: en_office_professional_plus_2010_x86_515486.exe
Date Published (UTC): 4/22/2010 8:45:06 AM Last Updated (UTC): 4/22/2010 8:53:18 AM
SHA1: 0E1840BF1AA81077692AF651BEFB75648CD9FAA7 ISO/CRC: 986EB4A1

Available to Levels: VS Pro with MSDN Premium (Empower); VS Premium with MSDN (MPN); VS Pro with MSDN Premium (MPN); BizSpark Admin; BizSpark; VS Ultimate with MSDN (VL); VS Premium with MSDN (VL); VS Premium with MSDN (Retail); VS Ultimate with MSDN (Retail); VS Ultimate with MSDN (MPN); VS Ultimate with MSDN (NFR FTE);

Step 2. Extract the Files

Note: don't use Winrar or similar to extract the exe, it won't work properly!!

Once you have the file, extract it by using the command line, eg:

en_office_professional_plus_2010_x86_515486.exe /extract:path

E:\Apps\Office 2010>en_office_professional_plus_2010_x86_515486.exe /extract:c:\office2010x86

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once done you'll be informed that they were extracted successfully

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and you can browse to the newly extracted files on C:\

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Step 3. Get the Office Customization Tool (OCT)


The primary tool that administrators use to customize the installation of products in Office 2010 is the Office Customization Tool (OCT). The customization tools and methods in Office 2010 are the same as for the 2007 Microsoft Office system. For more information about how to use the OCT to create a Setup customization file and to learn about updates to the OCT in Office 2010, see Office Customization Tool in Office 2010.


In order to create the Config.xml file we need some files available in the Admin folder of our Office 2010 root path. You'll notice in the extracted files above that we don't have an Admin folder (as this is not the volume license version). To get the Admin folder and the files necessary to run the OCT, download the Office 2010 Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool.


I chose to download the AdminTemplates_32.exe file. Once downloaded, copy the file to c:\office2010x86.


You can now extract the files by opening a command prompt and typing the following in C:\office2010x86\


AdminTemplates_32.exe /extract:c:\office2010x86


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place a checkmark in the box and click continue to accept the conditions..the files will be extracted


extracted ok.jpg


the new files/folders are now in place.


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Step 4. Create a Setup customization file (.msp file) for Office 2010


Now that we have installed our OCT let's create our MSP file. To start the OCT in our office2010x86 directory enter the following in an Administrative command prompt.


setup.exe /admin


the OCT wizard will appear


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click OK to accept the default Office product and you'll see the OCT Wizard welcome screen.


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Install Location and Organization Name


let's start by changing the Organization name to windows-noob.com, leave the install location as it is


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Decide which method of Office 2010 Activation


Office 2010 now includes volume activation for Office 2010 Standard and Office 2010 Professional Plus. To simplify deployment as much as possible, enterprise customers should deploy only one of these editions throughout the organization whenever possible. If necessary, deployment can be configured to deliver certain applications or features to specific groups or departments.


Activation establishes a relationship between the software's product key and the installation of that software on a computer system. It requires the end user or IT professional to perform steps such as entering a product key or contacting a networked server or telephone service center. Use of activation technologies helps protect license keys. Previous systems that relied on distribution of license keys to users were vulnerable to being leaked or pirated.

Two volume activation methods for Office 2010 are available:


Key Management Service (KMS). KMS uses a KMS host key to activate a KMS host computer and establish a local activation service on the network. Office 2010 connects to the local KMS host for activation. KMS activation is targeted to managed environments where more than 50 physical or virtual computers regularly connect to the organization’s network. Windows Server 2008 R2 can be configured as a KMS server for both Windows and Office 2010, which lowers the requirement for additional infrastructure.


Multiple Activation Key (MAK). With a MAK, clients activate Office 2010 online with the Microsoft-hosted activation servers or by telephone. MAK activation supports users whose computers are unable to connect to the company network or experience unreliable connections. MAK activation behaves similarly to activation keys that retail customers use, except that a single key supports as many users as required. As with retail keys, computers must be activated with a Microsoft server over the Internet or by telephone through a Microsoft call center.


Microsoft IT used KMS to deploy Office 2010. With KMS, the whole activation process stays within the company, and there is no requirement to activate the clients over the Internet or phone.


* reference:- Deploying Office 2010 at Microsoft, How Microsoft IT deployed Office 2010 to more than 100,000 computers by using Microsoft deployment technologies Technical White Paper





Select the Licensing and User Interface option.


Please read the Office Activiation information above to decide what is applicable in your environment.


You can enter your MAK license key


Licensing and user interface MAK.jpg


or use the default KMS Server setting.


Place a checkmark in the License agreement, and set the type of Display level to None. Verify that the Completion notice and No Cancel options are not selected.


Licensing and user interface.jpg



Disabling the Help Protect and Improve Microsoft Office popup


when you install Office 2010 you'll notice that the first time you start Word 2010 or another Office application that the following Windows appears


help protect and improve Microsoft Office.jpg


Well we don't want our users being bothered with that so let's configure that setting to not appear. Select Modify User Settings (under Features), and in the right pane, select Microsoft Office 2010.


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Once selected, Scroll down.... to Miscellaneous


and select suppress recommended settings dialog and change it to Enabled.


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that is all the customization we will be doing for now, if you want to configure it further then do so, but make sure that above settings for Licensing and User interface remain in place. Let's save our MSP file. Click on File, Save


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give it a name like Office2010X86 and change the path to the updates subfolder within your extracted Office installation files









close the wizard, click OK, and browse to the updates folder, you should see your newly created MSP file.


updates file.jpg


Note: If you only have one .MSP file then you can place it in the Updates folder under the root folder and just run the "setup.exe" without switches. "Setup.exe" will automatic apply the saved .msp file from the updates folder. If you have more .MSP files then place them all in your Office 2010 root folder.




Step 5. Copy Config.XML


Finally, copy the config.xml file from "C:\office2010x86\ProPlusr.WW folder" and paste it in the root of source folder C:\office2010x86, failure to do this will mean that SCCM will attempt to install Office 2010 but fail as it doesn't know what package to install.


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