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Chapter 5. Installing Office 2003 > Deploying Office and Other Products Togethe...

Deploying Office and Other Products Together

The Microsoft Office 2003 Setup program supports the chaining of additional packages (MSI files) or executable programs to the core Office 2003 installation. Chaining allows you to deploy Office 2003 and related applications in one seamless process. After the core Office installation is complete, Setup calls Windows Installer or the specified executable program to install any number of chained programs in the order that you specify in the Setup settings file (Setup.ini). You customize chained installations by setting properties in Setup.ini or by creating a transform.

You can chain packages to the core Office installation whether you deploy from an administration installation point or from a compressed CD image. In either case, you specify the chained installation in Setup.ini and customize the installation by setting properties or by creating transform. If you are installing from a compressed image with the local installation source option enabled and the chained package supports it, Setup includes the chained installation in the local installation source. (To determine whether a package supports creation of a local installation source, Setup looks for a file named ProductName.xml in the Files\Setup folder on the installation image.)


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