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How to sequence and deploy Microsoft Office 2010 App-v Package with SCCM/Config Mgr 2007 R2 (Streaming mode or Download and execute)

Hi,

I wanted to share with you my experience with one of my clients.
Basically the challenge was to deploy Office 2010 with appv has so accustom users to the new desktop version.

Quick reminder about appv:

Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) is an enterprise-level application virtualization solution and is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). App-V enables applications to run on a single instance of the operating system, turning applications into centrally managed services that are never installed, that never conflict, and that are streamed on-demand to end-users. App-V supports legacy applications and their extension points, whereas virtualized applications will not conflict with one another, do not affect the system, can be completely removed, and easily repaired or upgraded.

App-V is best used for applications that run on the current or target operating system, but have conflict issues either with other applications or some installed files. By decoupling the physical desktop from the software or hardware, you can create an isolated environment unseen by the end-user, and then run an application by using a desktop computer or server that has Remote Desktop Services (formerly known as Terminal Services) enabled without ever installing the application on the client operating system.

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03/05/2010 !!! Cool news the complete documentation for deploy Office 2010 is available HERE

I soon began by recalling the various prerequisites :

  1. A domain controller server configured
  2. A SCCM/ConfigMgr Server Configured with acces to Appv (DP)
  3. A client Windows 7 or Windows XP SP3
  4. Sequencer and client Appv 4.6 (MDOP 2010 = software assurance)
  5. Office 2010 Beta source (connect)
  6. Office 2010 Deployment toolkit for APPV

In first step i explain how to prepare and sequence capture Microsoft Office 2010:

1-Install the Office 2010 Deployment toolkit for APPV with command line in cmd in admin mode ( msiexec.exe /i Offvirt.msi PROPLUS=1 )

2-Verify that the product Office 2010 Deployment toolkit for APPV is installed..

3-Launch the Microsoft Application Virtualization Sequencer

4-Click on create a package

5-Insert the name of package and clickNext

6-Select the install folders ( exemple Q:\name.8.3 = Off2010.V01), click ok and next

7-The capture is ready and start

8-Launch the office installation

9-Insert the product code and click on next

10-Clic on stop monitoring and click next

11-Change parameter etc … or click next

12-All checking is start in lanching all application one by one, after validate, click on next

13-Click on next

14-Click on Finish

15-Configure all parameter (example = os type compatibility for package)

Configure >> Protocol, name, port and path

After select generate MSI and clic on the save icon (diskette)

In second step i explain how to Insert the package in SCCM/ConfigMgr 2007 R2:

16-Right click on the package node,select new appv and  select the xml files and validate by next

17-Click on next

18-Specify the config mgr data source for the package (UNC) and clic next

19-Click on next

20-Click on next

21-Click on Close

23-After, you can test your deployment on a windows 7 client.

Two choices can then deployment:

Mode Streaming and mode download and execution
It is important to understand how these two modes.

1 – The streaming mode will make available packages optimized manner, ie that all sources of a package are not fully deployed position, but only the elements used for the first time.
By cons, for example, if you use Excel, that present in the sccm client cache is ok offline, for if I selected Word and I am offline, I can get my application and so the use

The copy screen under, show that if my client don ‘t network access, the application don’t launch and you have a little message ( An application distribution pointis not available ). snif…

2 – The download and execution mode is my favorite because all sources are made available in the client cache sccm and so even offline I can use these applications.

Then you have to choose according to your needs :-)

In my example, i select the download and execution mode, i verify that all content of office 2010 package is present >> OK  :-)

24-For test i click on Microsoft Word 2010, on the tab i can view that the application is charged in the cache client for the first time

25-And after, i can use Microsoft Office 2010 Beta product Ecel, Word, Powerpoint Etcc… :-)

Precision >>> Do not forget the part of Office 2010 activation product detail HERE

Bye bye See you later


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