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Office 2010 deployment with language packs

Deploying desktops can take quite some time, however using Windows Deployment Services in combination with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 update 1 automates it all. In this article I will get down and dirty with deploying Office 2010 Pro Plus with language packs using MDT.

Start with copying the DVD/ISO to a separate folder. I choose to use the English version as the base, but you can use any language you want.

Copy the contents of the Office Language Pack 2010 <language> to the same folder. You will be presented with a couple of duplicate files and folders. You can accept the folders, but don’t overwrite the current version of the files. You will end up with something like this.

Step 2 is to import the whole Office 2010 application into Deployment Workbench.

  1. Right click Applications in your deployment share and select New Application
  2. Select the option Application with source files
  3. Enter the Application Name, Version and Language
  4. Select the directory where you combined the installation source and the language packs
  5. Specify the name of the directory that should be created
  6. Enter setup.exe in the command line box
  7. Files are being copied to the Deployment Share

Step three is to edit the application settings and create an Office customization file with the Office Customization Tool.

  1. Right click the Office Pro Plus 2010 x86 application and select Properties
  2. Click the Office Products tab
  3. Select ProPlus in Office product to install
  4. Check the languages you want to include in the install
  5. Fill out the Customer name field
  6. Select None in the Display level dropdown box
  7. Check Accept EULA

You can leave the Product key field empty because I’m using the KMS key. The MSP that we will create with the Office Customization Tool will include this. If you’re using the MAK key you may insert it here, however do note that the product key is stored in clear text as indicated in the warning. I advise you to enter the MAK key in the Office Customization Tool where it will be obfuscated.

Click the Edit Config.xml button to confirm that the following lines are present in the generated file.

<AddLanguage Id=”match” />

<AddLanguage Id=”en-us” ShellTransform=”Yes” />

<AddLanguage Id=”de-de” />

<AddLanguage Id=”nl-nl” />

The Id attribute in those XML lines is the language that will be added to the installation. Make sure that the right language has the attribute ShellTransform set to Yes.

Now click the Office Customization Tool button. You will be presented with a dialog that tells you to save the MSP file in the location <deployment share>\Applications\Office Pro Plus 2010 x86\Updates when you’re done. If you don’t save the file in that location the MSP will not be used during the installation.

  1. Select the Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 (32-bit) product
  2. In the Default File Types dialog I recommend to select the Office Open XML formats option as this is most used and supports all the formatting options in the Office applications
  3. Select Licensing and user interface
  4. Check the I accept the terms in.. option
  5. Select Display level None and check No cancel if you want to remove the cancel button during installation
  6. Edit all other options that you want changed like: Organization name
  7. Click File > Save As and store the file in the previously mentioned location

Office Pro Plus 2010 is now available in the Task Sequence. Don’t forget to add it to your task sequence.

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Posted by Mischa Oudhof

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