Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Deployment

I am currently working on a request to deploy the Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2007 (KB953195). According to the KB article SP2 includes previously unreleased fixes that were made specifically for this service pack and all the public updates, security updates, cumulative updates, and hotfixes that were released through February 2009. This pack will update all the MS Office 2007 products (Suites or individual installs).

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Adobe Shockwave Player 11 Silent Deployment

Adobe Shockwave Player is one of the hot applications with frequent updates and thus lots of work for packaging an deployment engineers. Before Windows Vista I used to repackage the Adobe plugins ( Shockwave and Flash players). But once our customers start using vista, the repackaged players caused lots of errors and support calls.  So I’ve decided to use the Adobe supplied msi’s via Adobe Enterprise Software distribution agreement.

Everything was good till last week when a few customers start getting  never ending MSI repair screens while using software with embedded Shockwave content. The investigation proved that some of the applications trigger a repair action of Shockwave MSI.  So as an alternative I’m going with the exe installer for Adobe Shockwave Player.

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Adobe CS4 Deployment (Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Standard)

I just finished a deployment request for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Standard and now it’s the time to share my experiences. Adobe installers are well known for inconsistent behavior in a deployment scenario. This one was not different, but the size of the package made most of the problems in the customer network.

Adobe provides some info on how to perform a silent installation. In short this is what you need to do.
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Deploying K-Lite Codec Pack

So,  I got a packaging request for K-Lite Codec Pack Standard from one of our clients. K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of VFW/ACM codecs, DirectShow filters and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding (playing) audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files.

Being a collection of video and audio codecs, I decided to use the downloable installer for deployment rather than repackaging it.

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Deploying Microsoft Silverlight 1.0

Recently I got a request to create a package of Microsoft Silverlight 1.0. The download available at the MS silverlight page is for version 2 Beta. After a bit of investigation I found a link which allows the download of the latest release of Microsoft Silverlight 1.0.

http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/resources/install.aspx?v=1.0
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