Administrators can use Group Policy to assign computer startup scripts to deploy Office 2010. A script can be written in any language that is supported by the client computer. Windows Script Host-supported languages, such as VBScript and JScript, and command files are the most common.
- Leverages Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Group Policy infrastructure.
AD DS handles the elevation of privileges required for application installation.
Administrators can use a similar scripting process to apply security updates and service packs for each computer in the domain or organizational unit.
A script can be written in any language that is supported by the client computer, such as VBScript and JScript, which are Windows Script Host-supported languages.
- The product installation is not managed in the same way as Group Policy Software Installation (GPSI).
- Group Policy invokes the script and has limited awareness of the installation state thereafter.
- Product uninstalls and installs for multiple computers have to be done by using a command-line script or batch file.
- It might be difficult to determine exactly which updates and service packs were applied for each client computer.
Group Policy startup scripts is a solution for organizations that do not have a desktop management application, such as Microsoft System Center Essentials or System Center Configuration Manager, but that need an automated way to deploy Office 2010 to many computers.
Deployment Help &Tools
Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)
Scripting languages, such as Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) and JScript
Sample Group Policy Startup Script
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit