How to discover Office and Windows KMS hosts via DNS and remove unauthorized instances

When troubleshooting KMS configuration and activation issues, our customers are often surprised to find unexpected Windows or Office KMS hosts in their environment. By default, Windows and Office clients discover KMS hosts via DNS and a related _vlmcs SRV record. To determine whether a KMS client can locate a KMS host and/or whether undesired KMS…


How to install Office 2010 with a MAK key and have it perform an automatic activation attempt after install (Part Deux)

In a previous Office Deployment Support Team Blog post, we explained how to automatically activate Office 2010 by using a customized config.xml file and setting element/property, AUTO_ACTIVATE. This blog post will expand on that a bit and explain how to perform the same actions using an MSP file created with the Office Customization Tool (OCT). NOTE: Adding…


Office 2010 Service Pack 1 and version 2 of the Office 2010 policy templates/OCT files now available for download

The 32 and 64-bit versions of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office 2010 are now available! Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2460049) 32-bit Editionhttp://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26622 Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2460049) 64-bit Editionhttp://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26617 See the following Knowledge Base articles for an overview of Service Pack 1 improvements and technical details: KB2460049 Description…


MSI Restart Manager – How it relates to Office updates and application restarts

Windows Installer 4.x and later includes the “MSI Restart Manager” which is designed to reduce required operating system reboots during Installer maintenance mode operations, by restarting applications rather than rebooting the operating system. A typical Office update scenario where the MSI Restart Manager is used may be similar to the following: 1) Windows 7 machines have Office…


How to programmatically install the PowerPoint 2003 hotfix related to KB2543241 and KB2464588

If you have installed the KB2464588 update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2003, which is related to Microsoft Security Bulletin MS11-022, you may be aware of/experiencing the following known issues: When you open presentations that contain layouts with background images in PowerPoint 2003, an error may occur. When the error occurs, you receive a message that states…


How to programmatically install the Outlook 2007 hotfix related to KB2512788 and KB2509470

After installing the April 2011 Public Update for Outlook 2007 (KB2509470), some users have reported difficulty with print previewing messages. The KB2512788 hotfix was created to address these issues. The following steps can be used to install the KB2512788 hotfix in a manner that is conducive to an enterprise environment (i.e., via command line, silently, and…


How to automate the uninstallation of an Office patch programmatically

  We can automate the silent uninstallation of Office patches via a command line like so: %windir%\System32\msiexec.exe /package {Office GUID} /uninstall {Patch GUID} /QN First we will need to determine what the GUID is for Office, and next what the GUID is for the patch that we are trying to uninstall. To determine what the…

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How to extract the contents from an .ISO file without burning the .ISO to disc.

  When Office products are downloaded from the Volume License Service Center they come down as .ISO files. .ISO is not a file format that Windows can open natively. An ISO file is an image of a CD/DVD. Typically you would be able to use a burning program like Nero, or ImgBurn, to then burn…

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How to obtain and use Offscrub to automate the uninstallation of Office products

  Sometimes you cannot uninstall the existing 2003, 2007 or 2010 Microsoft Office suite on your computer by using the Add or Remove Programs feature in Control Panel of Windows XP or the Programs and Features feature in Control Panel of Windows Vista/Win7. To help with this Microsoft has created Fix it utilities at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971179….

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