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OFF2000: How to Deploy the Contents of Multiple Office CDs at the Same Time

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This article discusses how to deploy, or "chain", the contents of more than one Microsoft Office 2000 CD at the same time.

This article describes example steps you can use for installing both CD1 and CD2 of Microsoft Office 2000 Premium with a single command line.

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By default, you cannot deploy the installation of one Office CD with another Office CD. However, the Office 2000 Resource Kit contains an enhanced version of Setup.exe that you can use to deploy installations at the same time.

The steps outlined below take you through an example "chain" deployment of CD1 and CD2 from Office 2000 Premium. You can also use these steps for "chain" deploying other combinations of Office CDs.

NOTE: You must use these steps to "chain" deploy installations of products that use the Windows Installer. If you want to add a non-Windows Installer product like PhotoDraw (CD3 for Office 2000 Premium), you can add the command line for the product directly in the Add Installations and Run Programs dialog box of the Custom Installation Wizard. For a non-Windows Installer product, do not add the "/chained" switch to the command line.
  1. Download the enhanced version of Setup.exe.

    In your browser, enter the following Web address in the address box:
  2. Click the link to download Setupsr1.exe.
  3. Click the link to download ORKTools.exe.
  4. Expand both of the downloaded items. The ORKTools.exe download then installs the Office 2000 Resource Kit (ORK) on your computer.
  5. Perform an administrative installation of CD1 to the \CD1Admin folder on your server.
  6. Perform an administrative installation of CD2 to the \CD2Admin folder on your server.NOTE: You can use any folder names for these administrative installations. For the purposes of this example, the above names are used.
  7. Rename Setup.exe in the root of the \CD2Admin folder to OldSetup.exe.
  8. Copy the enhanced version of Setup.exe from the folder in which you expanded Setupsr1.exe to the root of the \CD2Admin folder.
  9. On the Start menu, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Office Tools, point to Microsoft Office 2000 Resource Kit Tools, and then click Custom Installation Wizard.
  10. In the Open the MSI File dialog box, locate and select Data1.msi on the root of the \CD1Admin folder. Click Next.
  11. In the Open the MST File dialog box, click the Do not open an existing MST file option, and then click Next.
  12. In the Select the MST File to Save dialog box, specify a full path to the \CD1Admin folder, and use Chained.mst as the transform (.mst) name. For example, you can enter:
    Click Next.
  13. Click Add Installations and Run Programs in the list located near the upper-right corner of the dialog box.
  14. Click Add. Enter the full path to Setup.exe in the root of the \CD2Admin folder together with the /chained switch. For example, you can enter:
    \\servername\CD2Admin\Setup.exe /chained /qb
    You can remove /qb from the above command line if you do not want the Setup for CD2 to run in quiet (basic) mode.
  15. Click OK in the Add/Modify Program Entry dialog box.
  16. Click Finish.
  17. Write down the command line in the dialog box that appears and then click Exit.
To install CD1 and CD2, do the following:
  1. On the Start menu, click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type the following command line, and then click OK:
    <path to CD1Admin>\setup.exe transforms=Chained.mst /qb
    NOTE: Using the /qb switch in the above command line is optional. When the Setup of CD1 is complete (after your computer restarts), the installation of CD2 automatically starts.

Chaining More Than Two Products

The above steps outline how to "chain" two Windows Installer products into one setup. If you want to "chain" a third product into the setup, you would have to also do the following steps.

NOTE: CD3 in the following steps refers to the third Windows Installer product you are using. CD3 that is included with Office 2000 Premium does not use the Windows Installer and cannot be "chained" with CD1 and CD2.
  • Perform an Administrative installation for the product (as in Steps 5-6 above).
  • Replace the regular version of Setup.exe in this new Administrative installation with the enhanced version of Setup.exe (as in steps 7-8 above).
  • Change the command line in Step 14 from \\servername\CD2Admin\Setup.exe /chained /qb to:
    \\servername\CD2Admin\Setup.exe /chained Transforms=Chained2.mst /qb
    If you do not create a transform for CD2 and add the Transforms property to the above command line, the third installation will never take place.

  • Create a transform for CD2 (as in steps 9-16 above), modifying the steps as necessary to apply to CD2. In this example, the transform for CD2 is called Chained2.mst.
  • In the transform for CD2, do not include the transforms property on the command line for CD3 (in the Add Installations and Run Programs dialog box of the CIW) unless there is a transform for CD3. If you do not have a transform for CD3, then the command line would look similar to:
    \\servername\CD3Admin\Setup.exe /chained /qb
  • After you create the transform for CD2, you can run the setup for the three products using the command line:
    <path to CD1Admin>\setup.exe transforms=Chained.mst /qb

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For more information, please see the Office 2000 Resource Kit at the following Internet address: For more information about the enhanced version of Setup.exe, please see the following Knowledge Base article:
232501� OFF2000: Description of the Enhanced Copy of Setup.exe Available in the Office Resource Kit

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Article ID : 235598
Revision : 6
Created on : 3/22/2007
Published on : 3/22/2007
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