How to Create an Administrative Installation Point

Office Setup Program

To create an administrative installation point for Microsoft Office, run Setup with the /a command-line option and specify a Windows installer package (MSI file). For example:

setup.exe /a data1.msi

Administrative Setup guides you through the steps that are necessary to install Office on your administrative installation point.

Enter CD key and organization name

After you enter the CD key, Setup allows you to specify your organization name. The organization name is stored in the MSI file for use by Setup during client installation. This organization name appears on users’ computers in the About box (Help menu) in Office applications.

When users run Setup from Microsoft Office 2000 Disc 1, they are prompted for an organization name. However, when users run Setup from the administrative installation point, the organization name that you specified is used by default.

In the Office Custom Installation Wizard, you can create a Windows installer transform (MST file) that modifies the organization name during installation. This flexibility allows you to create different organization names for different groups of users in your organization. Set the organization name on the Specify Default Path and Organization panel, or set the COMPANYNAME property on the Modify Setup Properties panel. You can also set the organization name in the Setup command line or settings file when users run Setup, but to do this you must leave the organization name blank when you create the administrative installation point.

Accept end-user license agreement

Setup displays the end-user license agreement. By accepting the agreement here, you are accepting on behalf of the users who install Office from this administrative installation point.

Specify installation location

Enter the path where you want to create the administrative installation point for Office. Setup requires approximately 550 megabytes (MB) of disk space in this folder to copy all of the Office files. Setup installs a hierarchy of folders in the folder that you specify.

 Note    When you specify the location of the administrative installation point during administrative Setup, do not include extended characters in the folder name. Setup does not allow you to install Office at from this location if the folder name contains extended characters.

After installing Office, share this folder and provide read access for all users who need to run Setup from this server.

Install Office

When you click Install Now, Setup copies the Office files from Office Disc 1 to the network server, customizing the organization name and installation location according to the responses that you have given.

The administrative installation point uses short file names

When you run Setup with the /a command-line option, Setup sets the property SHORTFILENAMES=Yes in the command line when it calls Msiexec.exe to create the administrative installation point. This setting directs Msiexec.exe to create all files and folders with the MS-DOS – compatible file names used on Office Disc 1.

You can disable this option by setting the property SHORTFILENAMES="" in the Setup command line or settings file. If the network server supports long file names, then Msiexec.exe uses long folder and file names where appropriate. For example, with this option disabled, Setup creates the wizard agenda.wiz using the name Agenda Wizard.wiz.

However, if you create the administrative installation point with long file names, then Office Disc 1 cannot be used as an alternate source if the server becomes unavailable. This is because some file and folder names on the administrative installation point do not match the short file and folder names used on Office Disc 1.

See also

For more information about the Setup command line, the Setup settings file, and Setup properties, see Customizing How Setup Runs.

The Office Custom Installation Wizard allows you to fully customize the installation process, from modifying Setup properties to adding custom files and registry entries to the installation. For more information about the Office Custom Installation Wizard, see Office Custom Installation Wizard.

Applies to:
Deployment Center 2003