How to avoid KMS becoming a challenge in your Windows 7 deployment project

I’ve been involved in Windows 7 deployments since the Beta came out in 2009 and before Windows 7 there was Vista, XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT and even Windows 3.11 and although over time the technology has changed the basic challenges of every migration remained the same. If today someone asks me what I consider as being one of the top 10 challenges I’ve seen in Windows 7 deployment projects I must mention KMS. Yes Read More …

How to disable Office Ribbon Items using Group Policy

Today I am going to show you how to disable a Ribbon Item using Group Policy, Okay, what’s the deal you might think, simply find the item within the Office GPO settings and enable it. Right,almost, it’s just that Microsoft didn’t list all possible settings within the Office ADMX/ADML file, probably because there are too many of them. But there is a setting called “Disable command bar buttons and menu items” that you can enable Read More …

The Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program–Part 1

The Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) collects information about how people use Microsoft products. The primary objective of this program is to solve problems and improve Microsoft’s products and features. During the past two days I have tried to get a better insight into what CEIP is really about, how it works and how it can be configured. History According to a blog post from Jensen Harris until the year 2003 the software design Read More …

ToolTip: Office 2010 Resource Kit Technical Library in Compiled Help format

For those that frequently need access to the Office 2010 Resource Kit, here’s an offline version available as downloadable CHM file. Download from here In case you can’t open the CHM file, select file properties and Unlock the file.

ReadTip: Planning guide for Microsoft Office 2010

For anyone who is somehow involved in a Office 2010 deployment planning I strongly recommend reading the Planning Guide for Microsoft Office 2010. Microsoft just released an updated version. Don’t be shocked, the document counts 458 pages, but does contain a lot of useful and interesting information. And in case you aren’t aware already about the KMS requirements for Office 2010, read the Office 2010 KMS Server Requirements blog post, I mention this often when Read More …

ReadTip: How Microsoft IT deployed Office 2010

If you are planning deploying Office 2010 throughout an enterprise read this.

Office 2010 KMS Server Requirements

Although I have been working with Office 2010 for a while, I wasn’t aware of the KMS Server specific requirements until today when we were asked to load the Office 2010 KMS key into one of our customers KMS servers. A dedicated server is not needed to run KMS for Office 2010. A KMS host is a lightweight service, and you can co-host an Office 2010 and Windows KMS host. However, only Windows Server 2003, Read More …

What you should know about Office 2010 64-bit

If you are in the process of deciding whether to deploy Office 2010 32-bit or 64-bit, I recommend to read through the following content. Note that Microsoft recommends installing Office 32 Bit even on Windows 7 64 bit. TechNet – 64-bit editions of Office 2010 Understanding 64-Bit Office Compatibility Between the 32-bit and 64-bit Versions of Office 2010 64-bit Client Installation of Microsoft Office 2010 Office Resource Kit Blog – Office 2010 64-bit editions 4SysOps Read More …

ReadTip: Deployment guide for Microsoft Office 2010

This book covers information about the fundamentals of Deploying Microsoft Office 2010. Get it here

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta Silent Install

Being one of the lucky ones who was able to sign-up to the Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview program, I have started looking at the deployment of Microsoft Office 2010 today. My first observation was that unfortunately the provided documentation seems to be ahead of the Office Installation sources that have been made available for download. I noticed this when making an attempt to run the setup.exe /admin command which would normally launch the Office Read More …