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Deploying OpenOffice.org 3.2
SyAM Management Utilities can be used for silent deployment of OpenOffice.org 3.2 to client
systems.
Requirements: This procedure has been tested with version 3.2.1, which at this writing is the
most recent OpenOffice version with a documented silent network installation. Windows target
systems must have the SyAM System Client installed and reporting to SyAM System Area
Manager. Target systems must be discovered by Management Utility.
Download the installation file OOo_3.2.1_Win_x86_install_en-US.exe or the
corresponding equivalent for your preferred language. Run the executable on a Windows
system in order to uncompress the archive, taking note of the directory where files are saved.
Once the archive is uncompressed, a welcome screen will allow you to click Cancel to terminate
the installation.
You may wish to rename the folder containing uncompressed installation files in order to omit
spaces and special characters; in our example we will call it OpenOffice_org_3_2_1. Copy
this folder to the default application directory defined on the Administration Settings page of
Management Utility.
We will provide details of two installation types: installing with default settings using
setup.exe, and installing selected modules using openofficeorg32.msi.
Option 1: Installing OpenOffice.org with default settings
In Management Utility, create a Third Party template. Enter a template name. Choose Windows
as the target platform and select the correct authentication template. Enter the path to the
network share containing the installation subdirectory; this will already be present if the default
path has been entered in Administration Settings. Click the Find Files button and choose the
OpenOffice.org installation subdirectory from the drop down menu. Click the Find Files button
again and select setup.exe from the drop down menu.
Enter the parameters for unattended silent installation:
-qn
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When the parameters have been entered, click the Add button. Review the file path and
parameters. Click the Save Changes button. Click OK to confirm.
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Now you can test deployment to a single system. Select a system in the Groups area. Click the
system row, then right-click to display the context menu. From the menu, choose Deploy Third
Party Software.
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In the New Task box, choose the Windows authentication template and the newly created
OpenOffice deployment template. Click OK.
On the Add/Edit a Job page, click the Run Job button, then click OK to confirm. The installation
will begin shortly.
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After the job is finished, you may review the status by finding the job in the Status area and
clicking the View Details link.
Once you have deployed successfully on a single machine, you can use the Groups context
menu options to deploy the application to multiple client machines.
Option 2: Installing OpenOffice.org selected modules only
Create a batch file using your preferred text editor, as follows:
start /wait msiexec /qn /norestart /i
\\192.168.100.158\apps\OpenOffice_org_3_2_1\openofficeorg32.msi SELECT_WORD=1
SELECT_EXCEL=1 SELECT_POWERPOINT=1 INSTALLLOCATION="C:\Open Office"
ADDLOCAL=All
REMOVE=gm_p_Draw,gm_p_Base,gm_o_Quickstart,gm_o_Testtool,gm_o_Onlineupdate,gm_
p_Math
exit
Please note some important information about this batch file. First, it consists of only two
lines, of which the first begins with the start command and the second consists of the exit
command. Replace line breaks with spaces as necessary. Second, you will need to change
the directory path to specify your Default Application Path and subdirectory name. Third, the
module names after the REMOVE parameter are separated by commas, but without spaces.
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In our example, the batch file installs the Writer, Calc, and Impress modules. The parameters
SELECT_WORD, SELECT_EXCEL, and SELECT_POWERPOINT cause the installation to make
OpenOffice.org the default program to open MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Powerpoint files.
The modules listed after the REMOVE parameter are the modules we do not wish to be
installed. In addition to those listed, you could specify:
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Writer: gm_p_Wrt
Calc: gm_p_Calc
Impress: gm_p_impress
Save the batch file when you are finished editing. In this example we will name the batch file
oo-calc-impress-writer.bat. Upload the file to the default application directory of
Management Utility.
In Management Utility, create a Third Party template. Enter a template name. Choose Windows
as the target platform and select the correct authentication template. Enter the path to the
network share containing the batch file; this will already be present if the default path has been
entered in Administration Settings. Click the Find Files button and select oo-calc-impresswriter.bat from the drop down menu.
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Click the Add button. Click the Save Changes button. Click OK to confirm.
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Now you can test deployment to a single system. Select a system in the Groups area. Click the
system row, then right-click to display the context menu. From the menu, choose Deploy Third
Party Software.
In the New Task box, choose the Windows authentication template and the newly created
OpenOffice deployment template. Click OK.
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On the Add/Edit a Job page, click the Run Job button, then click OK to confirm. The installation
will begin shortly.
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After the job is finished, you may review the status by finding the job in the Status area and
clicking the View Details link.
Once you have deployed successfully on a single machine, you can use the Groups context
menu options to deploy the application to multiple client machines.
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