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Office-2007 Deployment Updates & Discussion Panel Brad Sharp – UNC Rick Cisneros (Rick Beck) – Metro State Chad Burnham – DU Jon Giltner – UCB Fall 2007.

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1 Office-2007 Deployment Updates & Discussion Panel Brad Sharp – UNC Rick Cisneros (Rick Beck) – Metro State Chad Burnham – DU Jon Giltner – UCB Fall 2007 CHECO

2 Innovative Technology at the University of Northern Colorado Microsoft Office 2007 Microsoft Windows Vista

3 Innovative Technology Committee Identify New Software Test Software in Controlled Environment Develop Training for Campus Communicate with Campus Deploy Software to Campus

4 Office 2007 Deployment Deployed for Fall Semester in all Windows Labs and Smart Classrooms Faculty and Staff Opt In Deployment – Approximately 200 installed to date Onsite and Lab Based Training Available

5 Office 2007 Concerns Backwards Compatibility Apple Compatibility Windows Mobile 5.0 Compatibility

6 Windows Vista Deployment Still in Testing Phase ResNet Statistics – 713 Vista Computers Registered – 43 % of all registered computers are running Vista

7 Windows Vista Concerns Hardware Requirements for Adequate Performance Compatibility with Specialized Software Hardware Vendors Preventing Rollback to XP

8 University of Denver Office 2007 – Deployment Update

9 Network Deployment without SMS Office Customizing Tool: – Setup.exe /admin utility – Lots of options! – Use to create MSP (and PRF if desired) Run Bat File to implement! – Setup.exe /adminfile Must Map Drive with letter (not UNC Only) DU: 3 MSPs, Laptop, Desktop, Non-Exchange

10 Office 2007 Deployment 300 machines to upgrade Created a custom.MSP file: Created a silent install that does not prompt for anything during install – Site license key – Install directories, – Program install options; customize each program's settings within Word, Excel, PowerPoint Set the default format for Saving to be the Office 2003 format for all programs in the suite

11 Created Outlook profiles – Two.MSP files: RPC over HTTP for laptops (outside DU Firewall) TCP/IP – on campus only machines/desktops. After installation, visit: – Run the Office Updates (about 14 updates at this time), – Reboot the computer. Install takes between 30 minutes on newer machines to about an hour or more on older ones. Office 2007 Deployment Cont.

12 Only Department that has upgraded to Exchange Brand New Server. Very painful. Most migration tasks are by command line scripting – GUIs not created yet. – Waiting on SP1 (11/07) – Mail delivery rules, policy, etc – must be managed and viewed from a 2007 MMC! SEVERAL MS-Support calls during upgrade Other units holding off on upgrade as a result Office 2007 Deployment Cont.

13 Office 2007 Deployment In Trials Using Department SMS server to push Office 2007 to faculty and staff client machines. MSI file is created, MST (Transform) File is used for install options, Reboot, and then finally a MSP file is run for the patches.

14 One a time Power Users 1 st – need a couple of weeks! No Critical reason to roll out – rest after break Lots of user issues after each install Office 2007 Deployment

15 DU Experiences - General Thoughts Finally with 2007, all CAB file are copied to client machine by default – useful for feature add-ins and patches later - FINALLY Outlook 2007 uses encryption by default to the Exchange server. DU Training: Ribbon MapsRibbon Maps Microsoft Interactive Command reference Guides Microsoft Interactive Command reference Guides

16 Office 2007 Implementation Metro State

17 Historical Fresh Install Office Suite during the summer –Upgrades unreliable on lockdown images –Backup pst files before fresh install –Reconfigure Mail, Cal, PDAs Only in general labs Push out converters/patches/Windows updates Initiated by faculty or by request

18 Historical (cont.) Update shortcuts on desktop Setup network install version on server –AD Policy or Landesk Package –Easy Tech Deployment Push technology Citrix Isolated Environment Required –Run concurrent Office Suites 2003/2007 Provide media to faculty for home install

19 Help Support Open Help Tickets –Per incident –Track requests –No support for home users

20 Windows Vista No plans at this time…


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