How to install Office 2007 on Windows Terminal Services

Issue

There are a number of steps to refining the installation of Office 2007 on terminal services including:

- Disabling first use dialogs
- Disabling CTFMON
- Applying patches

Resolution

1) Preperation
- Copy the CD contents to a network share
- Extract the Office Customization Tool version 2.0 and copy the Admin folder over the top of the existing Admin folder on the network share as per http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929767
- Create a text file with the name CTFMON.CMD in the Updates folder on the network share with the following commands:

%SystemRoot%\system32\takeown.exe /f %SystemRoot%\system32\ctfmon.exe
%SystemRoot%\system32\cacls.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\ctfmon.exe /E /D Users


2) Configure Setup
- Run setup.exe /admin
- Click OK to Create a new setup customization file
- Enter the following settings:

Setup | Install location and organization name
- Enter the organisation name

Setup | Licensing and user interface
- Enter the product key without spaces or dashes
- Check the I accept checkbox
- Set display level to Basic

Setup | Add installations and run programs
- Click Add
- Enter [INSTALLLOCATION]\CTFMON.CMD for the target
- Click OK

Features | Modify user settings
- Set Microsoft Office 2007 system | Privacy | Trust Center | Disable Opt-in Wizard on first run to Enabled
- Set Microsoft Office 2007 system | Privacy | Trust Center | Enable Customer Experience Improvement Program to Disabled
- Set Microsoft Office 2007 system | Privacy | Trust Center | Automatically receive small updates to improve reliability to Disabled
- Set Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 | Tools | Options | Preferences | Search Options | Prevent installation prompts when Windows Desktop Search component is not present to Enabled
- Set Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 | Tools | Options | Other | AutoArchive | AutoArchive Settings to Enabled and uncheck Turn on AutoArchive
- Set Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 | Tools | Account Settings | RSS Feeds | Synchronise Outlook RSS Feeds with Common Feed Lists to Disabled
- Set Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 | Miscellaneous | PST Settings to Enabled, and set Default location to %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%

Features | Set feature installation states
- Set Microsoft Office | Office Shared Features | Proofing Tools | French Proofing Tools to Not Available
- Set Microsoft Office | Office Shared Features | Proofing Tools | Spanish Proofing Tools to Not Available
- Set Microsoft Office | Office Tools | Microsoft Office Document Imaging to Not Available

Additional Content | Add Files
- Click Add, browse to the Updates folder on the network share, select ctfmon and Click Add
- Click OK to accept [INSTALLLOCATION] as the destination

Additional Content | Configure Shortcuts
Optionally remove additional shortcuts and modify the Outlook, Word and Excel shortcuts location to [ProgramMenuFolder]

Outlook | Outlook Profile
- Select New Profile
- Enter %USERNAME% for the Profile name

Outlook | Specify Exchange Server settings
- Enter %USERNAME% for User Name
- Enter a valid Exchange Server

Save the .MSP in the Updates folder of the network share

3) Apply Updates

Office 2007 Service Pack 1

- Download SP1

The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 1 (SP1)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9EC51594-992C-4165-A997-25DA01F388F5

- Extract the files with the following command:

office2007sp1-kb936982-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract:C:\temp

- Copy all .MSP files to the Updates folder on the network share

4) Installation

- Run setup.exe to install

References

The "Synchronize Outlook RSS Feeds with Common Feed List" setting is not set correctly in the Office Customization Tool and in the Group Policy templates
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932126

How to prevent the "Welcome to the 2007 Microsoft Office system" dialog box from opening when a 2007 Office suite is started for the first time
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929767

2007 Office system Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool version 2.0
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=92d8519a-e143-4aee-8f7a-e4bbaeba13e7

Chained commands do not run after the installation of a 2007 Office suite or program fails
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928467

Some Windows Vista functions may not work, or Windows Vista may stop responding
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833

Products

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (any)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (any)
Microsoft Office 2007

Created: 12th November 2008
Updated: 12th November 2008


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