With Office 2010 being such a large install there are some difficulties around deploying Office 2010 via Group Policy.
An alternative to deploying by Group Policy is to provide users with a simple way to access the Setup.exe file.
In our case, what we have been doing is dropping a link to Setup.exe on our client’s Companyweb site.
Users will get a couple of security prompts which they can click through and then the Office setup routine will start.
The format of the link when we set it up on the site is as follows:
Once the link is created we will send out a memo to users indicating that they can find a link to the Office 2010 install on their Companyweb site.
The above screenshot would be in that memo as all users have their Internet Explorer open to the Companyweb page.
Note that this method can only be used with an Open License version of Office.
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