Office 2010 Deployment and Packaging
I want input from all of you, I started working for an organization they want to deploy Office 2010 on 2000 client machine in there Window 7 enviornment x64, but the problem is they are copying the whole Office 2010 1.5 GB folder on each client machine and then installing the software from there.
When the installation get completed then they are deleting the folder and rebooting the machine. We are using ZENwork 11.
Please help me to identify are we doing right thing. I need all you guys input.
Office 2010 should not be 4.5 GB unless they have added a lot other softwares in there. I would not copy it to all the machines locally, but run them directly through distribution points.
You need to check the network availability for download while installation. If the network is poor and there is only one distribution point then what they are doing is right as otherwise it will choke the network when the application is deployed.
So there can be various reasons for this strategy. You need to ask your company for this and if possible suggest something which you believe in.
I believe in to install the Office Suite with OS as base apps or run from Server location insteed to droping 1.5 GB folder on client Machine and then installing it and after that deleting the 1.5 GB folder ..... First time i saw this kind for practice in any organization. The sad part is .... in my organization my manager and team is rigid and want to use ZENwork 11 server repository any how. LOL
When I used Zen I had larger installs on shares and ran the installer from there. It seems like it would take just as long as multiple machines running the setup from one location as it would copying the files.
I would think you could even share out some folders on some older machines you have lying around to run the setup from.