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How do you push out MS Office updates?


Pardon the detour from software topics, but I figured other people here might have faced this problem.

I've got a client that needs to push out an Excel 2003 update to several hundred machines. (KB834691) They can't use SUS because the current version doesn't support updates for Office.

They can't create an MSI wrapper and install it with Group Policy because the KB installer's quiet mode still displays a dialog with that requires the user to click a button. Of course, when pushed out with Group Policy the user never sees this button and the computer appears to freeze.

This is somewhat beyond my realm of expertise, but I'm trying to do what I can to help them. Is there another way of automating the rollout of MS Office updates? Or is sneaker net the only way? Surely not!

Mark Hoffman
Monday, April 12, 2004

There are several tools available to push/pull changes on client hosts, but I don't know that part, so I'll others clue you in on the possibilities.

One possibility I know of, though, is an NSIS script. It can run totally silently, ie. no window or anything, and you can download stuff over the network. The hard part would be to install this EXE on all the hosts, and have it run at startup.

Fred
Monday, April 12, 2004

SMS?

Philo
Monday, April 12, 2004


SMS would do it, but they aren't running SMS.

Mark Hoffman
Monday, April 12, 2004

"Pardon the detour from software topics, but I figured other people here might have faced this problem."

No apology is needed, because MS Office is software and pushing Office updates is therefore a software topic. Your posting is within the rules.

Elephant
Monday, April 12, 2004

Another imposter poster.  I would recommend getting SMS to push out your updates.  Or if you wait, WUS (the successor to SUS) will be able to push out updates but only to your XP and Server 2k3 machines I believe.

Elephant
Monday, April 12, 2004

"How do you push out MS Office updates?"

Push them out the window and install Linux?

Elephant
Monday, April 12, 2004

What is with this guy, stop impersonating me!

Elephant
Monday, April 12, 2004

Stop impersonating me, or I'll tell my mommy on you!

Elephant
Monday, April 12, 2004

Gads, man! Get off your lazy a$$ and get some exercise! Automation is over-rated anyway.

anon-y-mous cow-ard
Monday, April 12, 2004

Hire a student or unemployed person for a day or two and get them to run around with a CD

Les C
Monday, April 12, 2004

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