Archive for Deployment

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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Silent installation of Office XP Update KB833858 – The switch /Q not working?

I was playing around the MS office XP security update packs last week. These packages (exe files) can be easily and silently deployed using a /Q switch. All the packages seems going well except Office XP Update KB833858 ( officexp-kb833858-fullfile-enu.exe). The switch /Q is not working completely. Ok, it takes away all the user interfaces during the installation, but after the installation a message box is popping up with the warning that a restart is required, do you want to continue!
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Deploying Security updates for MS Office XP and MS Office 2003 – No Uninstall Option?

Ouch.. I’m on a few security updaes packs for MS Office Suite for the past 7 days. All these KB hotfixes contains MS Patch (.MSP) files for fixing some security holes in MS Office. For silently deploying these packages we can use a /Q switch on each of these update exe files.

But things are a bit different when we come to the silent removal of the updates. The Windows update packs used to have a /uninstall switch for removel. This together with /qb could do a smooth and silent uninstallation process. But this feature was missing from MS Office Hotfixes!

A Bit of googleing leads me to a Microsoft KB article which explains the uninstallation process.
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Strange ICE 66 errors & MST validation problems in Orca 4.x

The Google Earth 4.1.7087 is still under my investigation. Today I found a strange behavior of Orca 4.0.5299.0 with my MST. It’s throwing an ICE 66 warning, something like

“Complete functionality of the Shortcut table is only available with Windows Installer version 4.0. Your schema is 200.”

. Since Windows installer 4.0 is not available for Windows XP I think it’s better to ignore it. But when I validated the same package with an old version of Orca ( Orca 3.1.4000.1830) this is not appearing. Any ideas guys?

Also Orca 4.0.5299.0 seems not in a mood to handle any MSTs. Any MST validation is always ending in a system restart. Hmm..