Deploying Office and Other Products Together

The Microsoft Office 2003 Setup program allows you to deploy Office 2003 and related applications in one seamless process by chaining additional packages (MSI files) or executable programs. In this scenario, Setup first completes the core Office 2003 installation and then immediately calls Windows Installer to install the additional programs in the order that you specify in the [ChainedInstall_n] section of the Setup settings file (Setup.ini). You can chain packages to the core Office installation whether you deploy from an administrative installation point or from a compressed CD image. You customize chained installations by setting properties in Setup.ini or by creating a transform to apply to the chained package.

Chaining is an efficient way to deploy Office and related products that are not included in the core Office 2003 package, such as Microsoft Office FrontPage® 2003, Microsoft Office OneNote™ 2003, or Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003. You can deploy Microsoft Office 2003 Multilingual User Interface Packs (MUI Packs) with Office by chaining individual Mui.msi files. Chaining can also serve as an important part of an efficient patching strategy. If you maintain your installation image at the RTM level, then you can chain patches to the core installation for new client installations.

Specifying chained installations in Setup.ini

Setup reads the Setup.ini file at the start of the installation process and writes a set of tasks to the Microsoft Windows® registry to install each product listed in the [ChainedInstall_1] through [ChainedInstall_n] sections. By default, Setup passes to Windows Installer the command-line options and properties defined for the core Office 2003 package to each chained installation; however, you can set unique properties for a chained installation in Setup.ini by using the following syntax:

Path=\\server\share\admin_install_point\[MSI file]
MST=[MST file]

For more information about the [ChainedInstall_n] section of Setup.ini, see the Setup Settings File section of the Office 2003 Editions Resource Kit Reference.

Customize chained packages

In most sections of Setup.ini, including the [Options] section, you use the syntax property=value to specify custom property values. In the [ChainedInstall_n] sections, you can set the Display and MST values with this syntax, along with several additional options that customize the installation process. However, you must use the Cmdline option to add other properties to the command line that Setup passes to Windows Installer for the chained installation.

You can set the following options for chained installations in Setup.ini:

  • TaskName=task_name

Assigns a friendly name to the installation. Setup uses this name in the Setup log file. Optional.

  • TaskType=task_type

Identifies whether the chained installation is an MSI file or an executable file (such as an EXE file or a BAT file). Required.

  • Path=path

Specifies the relative or full path to the MSI file or executable file. Required.

  • Display=setting

Specifies a user interface display setting for the chained installation.

Use a basic setting to display only progress indicators; use none for a completely silent installation. For more information about display settings, see the [Display] entry in the reference topic "Setup Settings File."

 Note    By default, chained installations inherit the display setting specified for the core Office package. Use this setting to override the default setting.

  • MST=MSTfile

Specifies the path and file name of a transform (MST file) to apply to the chained package (MSI file). Optional.

 Note    You can specify only one transform with the MST option; to specify multiple transforms, add the TRANSFORMS property to the Cmdline entry.

  • Cmdline=options

Specifies other property=value pairs or command-line options that Setup passes to Windows Installer or an executable program during the call to install the chained package or program.

  • IgnoreReturnValue=[0|1]

To continue installing successive chained installations even if this installation fails, set this property to 1. The default setting is 0.

 Note    If you inadvertently enter an incorrect name or path for the MSI file, then Setup halts the installation process and neither the chained installation nor any subsequent chained installations are installed. This occurs even if IgnoreReturnValue is set to 1.

  • Reboot=[0|1]

To restart the computer after an installation completes, set this option to 1; Setup restarts and then resumes the installation process.

Add a chained package to the local installation source

If you install Office 2003 from a compressed image with local caching enabled, then Setup can include chained packages in the local installation source, provided they support local caching. To determine whether a package supports the creation of a local installation source, Setup looks for a file named ProductName.xml in the Files\Setup folder on the installation image. Chained packages inherit all local cache settings from the core Office installation. If you are using a local installation source and also chaining packages to the Office installation, keep in mind the following:

  • Setup creates only one local installation source (\Msocache). If you add chained installations to this local source, then you may need to allow for extra hard disk drive space.
  • To disable local caching for a particular chained package, delete the ProductName.xml file for that product in the Files\Setup folder.
  • If a chained package in the sequence does not support local caching, Setup skips that step for the package. If a subsequent package does support local caching, Setup adds the package to the local source. The order in which you chain packages is, in this respect, irrelevant.
  • If you use the Reboot option to restart the computer during the installation sequence, then local caching is disabled for all subsequent chained packages. To avoid this problem, chain all Office-related packages first so that any computer restarts for other chained packages occur later in the sequence, when local caching is no longer an issue.

Requirements and limitations to deploying chained installations

The Setup program for Office 2003 is designed to support chaining of other Windows Installer packages and simple executable programs (EXE files). This chaining functionality makes it more efficient to deploy MUI Packs from the Multilingual User Interface Pack at the same time you deploy Office. However, chaining is not the best method to use in all circumstances, as described in the following sections.

Adding programs through the Custom Installation Wizard

The Custom Installation Wizard allows you to add installations and run programs during the Office 2003 installation. For example, you can run the Profile Wizard (Proflwiz.exe) to distribute custom settings at the end of the Office 2003 installation. However, you cannot use the Add Installations and Run Programs page of the Custom Installation Wizard to chain additional Windows Installer packages. If Windows Installer tries to start the installation of a second package before it has completed the installation of the core Office package, the entire installation process stops.

Toolbox     The Office 2003 Editions Resource Kit (ork.exe) includes the Customization Installation Wizard and the Profile Wizard and are available as part of the ork.exe download. You can find this downloadable file on the Office 2003 Resource Kit Downloads page. For more information, see Custom Installation Wizard or Office Profile Wizard in the Toolbox.

Using Group Policy software installation

Group Policy software installation works directly with the MSI file and bypasses Office 2003 Setup and the Setup.ini file when assigning or publishing packages. For this reason, you cannot use Setup.exe to chain Office 2003 installations when you assign or publish packages. Instead, Microsoft Windows deploys Office 2003, the Office 2003 Multilingual User Interface Pack, and other Office-related packages separately and in random order. Because Office 2003 must be installed first, before a MUI Pack installation can succeed, you cannot use chaining with Group Policy software installation to combine these installations.

Restarting the computer after a chained installation

Office 2003 Setup does not support computer restarts forced by chained installations themselves. In other words, Setup does not allow you to chain a package or program that must restart the computer to complete its installation because restarting interrupts the Office 2003 Setup.exe thread and stops the installation process.

To avoid this problem, Office Setup sets the Windows Installer REBOOT property to ReallySuppress by default for all but the last chained package. After all the chained packages have been installed, Setup allows Windows Installer to prompt the user or restart the computer if a chained package requires or requests it. (Note that this behavior does not affect the installation of the primary package.)

No Office 2003-related product that you chain to the core Office 2003 installation requires a computer restart. If you are chaining patches or third-party products that do require a restart, however, you can set the Reboot option to 1 in the [ChainedInstall_n] section of Setup.ini. This option adds a task to the registry that directs Setup to restart the computer and then resume the Office 2003 installation, including any additional chained installations.

Normally, chained packages inherit the local cache settings specified for the core package. If you use the Reboot option to restart the computer during the installation sequence, however, local caching is disabled for all subsequent chained packages. To avoid this problem, chain all Office-related packages first so that any computer restarts for other chained packages occur after the Office packages have been installed and local caching is no longer an issue.

 Note    The Reboot option in the [ChainedInstall_n] section of Setup.ini takes the value 1 or 0. It is not the same as the Windows Installer REBOOT property, which takes the value Force, Suppress, or ReallySuppress. For more information about the Windows Installer property, see REBOOT in the Setup Properties section of the Office 2003 Editions Resource Kit Reference.

Elevating installation of a chained package

If you chain a package that requires elevated privileges to install, you must take the same steps to elevate the installation that you do for Office 2003. Setup.exe does not automatically install a chained package with administrator privileges when the Office 2003 installation is elevated. However, several of the methods that you use to elevate the Office 2003 installation also elevate any chained installations:

  • If you use the /jm option to advertise Office 2003, then every installation listed in Setup.ini is also advertised and therefore elevated.
  • If you use a tool such as Microsoft Systems Management Server to install Office.
  • If you log on as an administrator when you begin the Office 2003 installation and do not log off or restart before it completes, then chained installations run with elevated privileges.

For more information about elevating the Office 2003 installation for users who are not administrators, see Installing Office With Elevated Privileges.

Chaining MUI Packs

Chaining is particularly useful for adding individual MUI Packs to the core Office 2003 installation. Each MUI Pack in the Office 2003 Multilingual User Interface Pack is installed as a separate Windows Installer package (Mui.msi). To create an administrative installation point for all the MUI Packs on a particular CD, you run MuiSetup.exe with the /a option from the root of the MUI Pack CD. You can also install individual MUI Packs by running Setup.exe /a from the appropriate LCID folder. Alternatively, you can copy the contents of the MUI Pack CD to a compressed CD image.

You can install MUI Packs on the same installation image as Office 2003 or create a separate one. The folder structure for each MUI Pack is parallel:


After you install the MUI Packs on the administrative installation point or compressed CD image, you edit the Office 2003 Setup.ini file to chain them to the core Office 2003 installation. You can set a new display setting, specify a transform to apply, and set other properties that apply only to the MUI Pack installation. If you are installing from a compressed image, Setup automatically includes the MUI Packs in the local installation source.

To chain MUI Packs to the Office 2003 installation

  1. Open the Setup settings file (Setup.ini) in a text editor such as Wordpad.
  2. Create a [ChainedInstall_1] section and specify the name and path of the MUI Pack you want to chain.
  3. Specify a unique display setting or transform to apply to the MUI Pack installation by setting the Display or MST property.

For example, even if you are installing Office 2003 with a full user interface, you can specify basic to install the MUI Pack quietly.

  1. Specify additional options by using the Cmdline property.

For example, set the NOFEATURESTATEMIGRATION property to True to cancel the custom action that matches installation states for MUI Pack feature states to corresponding Office feature installation states.

The following example adds the French Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI Pack) to the Office 2003 installation. The package is installed silently (regardless of the display setting specified for the Office installation), the customizations in the transform French.mst are applied, feature installation state matching is turned off for the MUI Pack, and an alternate source is identified for when the primary installation image is unavailable.


SOURCELIST=\\server2\share admin_install_point\1036
Applies to:
Deployment Center 2003