Importing Office 2010 and customizing the installation using OCT
While you can add Office 2010 as an application to MDT, if you would like to perform a silent installation of MDT, you can use the Office Customization Tool or OCT. By default, the files required for OCT are available on the Volume Licenced Copy of Office 2010. If however, you want to use Office Customization Tool with the other SKUs of Office, you download the Office Admin Templates from the link below.
I have already downloaded the 64 bit version as shown in the screenshot below:
Double Click on the AdminTemplates_64bit.exe.
Accept the License Terms and click on Continue.
It is very important to extract the Templates to the Office 2010 Directory which you would be importing into MDT. The Extraction creates a folder called Admin within the Office 2010 Directory.
To launch the Office Customization Tool, browse to the Office 2010 directory and run the command setup /admin.
This will launch the Office Customization Tool.
You can create an msp file and save it in the Updates Directory within the Office 2010 folder. When you run setup.exe (the Office Installation routine) , it will search for any msp files in the Updates directory and run it. The MSP file provides answers to the questions that the Office installation wizard poses.
Refer http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179097.aspx for more information on Office Customization Tool.
However, you don’t have to launch the OCT using the setup /admin switch when you use MDT 2010 or 2012. Just import the Office 2010 directory (with the Admin Folder) into the Applications Container of MDT as shown below:
Once the Office 2010 Application is imported, you can access the properties of the Office 2010 and select the Office Products Tab. If your Office 2010 Directory had the Admin folder, you would see the Office Customization Tool button at the bottom right of the Properties window.
Make sure you hit the Apply button before you launch the Office Customization Tool if you made any changes.
The Office Customization tool will prompt you the save the answer file (MSP file) into the Updates Directory within the DeploymentShare\Applications\Microsoft Office 2010.
If you want silent installation of Office, configure the Licensing and User Interface section to accept the license agreement, provide the appropriate key and select the Display Level as None with Suppress Modal checked.
For help, hit the F1 key to display the help file for Office 2010.
Hope you found Part 3 informative and stay tuned for Part 4 – Importing Operating Systems.