Deploy multiple customization patches (step-by-step)
Updated: February 20, 2008
Applies To: Office Resource Kit
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Topic Last Modified: 2016-11-14
Administrators can use the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to deploy multiple customization patches (MSP files) to configure the 2007 Microsoft Office system. Administrators can create a basic customization patch (MSP), and this initial MSP can be used to create another customization patch that includes all the settings in the original MSP and additional applications and modified settings, for example. The second MSP can be applied to a new set of users or to existing installations.
Using this approach is useful in phased deployments, or in cases where you are deploying a standard core configuration with variations for the various departments in your organization.
The following table highlights the process for deploying multiple MSP files.
Make sure you have copied all files and folders from the Office CD to a folder on the network or on your computer. For example, copy the files to \\server\share\Office12.
Copy all language packs or additional Office products to the same installation point. When you are prompted to overwrite duplicate Setup files, click No.
Use the OCT to create the basic Setup customization MSP file.
Use the OCT to open the initial MSP and create the second customization patch. If you added additional languages to the network installation point, you must re-create the MSP file.
When you create the second customization patch, you can configure the feature installation states that you want to use. To do this select Set feature installation states in the left pane of the OTC. Expand Microsoft Office and change the installation option for the applications. It is not necessary to duplicate the options you used in the initial customization patch if you do not want to modify them. If you set a feature to its default state, the symbol [F] is displayed before the feature name. This forces the feature into this state.
Deploy the customization patch to users' computers.
The Setup customization file is a Windows Installer package (MSP) that you apply to users' computers just as you would apply a software update.
For information about Windows Installer, see the following resources on the MSDN Web site:
Users can also use Systems Management Server to deploy the MSP.