Microsoft Office XP is the newest version of Office and includes many enhancements. This technical article describes how to effectively plan for and deploy Office XP on a Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 network.

In part two of this three part series of articles will include information

on deploying Office XP and configuring Outlook.

Deploying Office XP

Small Business Server 2000 uses tools built specifically for deploying applications onto Small Business Server 2000 client computers.

Using the Extensibility Wizard

To deploy Office XP to client computers, you must run the Extensibility Wizard.

Click Start, and then click Small Business Server Administrator Console.

In the console tree, click Computers.

In the details pane, click Define Client Applications. A list of client applications appears.

Click Add to start the Extensibility Wizard.

In the Display Name box, type Office XP, and then click Next.

On the installation path and commands page, enter the following path:

\\%sbsserver%\ClientApps5\OfficeXP\setup.exe /qb

Make sure that you select Use the same installation path for all operating systems.

Click Next.

On the Finish page, verify that you have entered the correct information. When you click Finish, Office XP appears in the list of applications.

The path you specified in step 6 is used to install Office XP and default components (including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, and/or FrontPage) on all client computers.

The /qb option allows users to see progress, but they will not be stepped through the installation wizard. This simplifies Office XP Setup.

Office XP must be assigned to your client computers so that it will be installed the next time users log on.

Click Start, and then click Server Management.

In the console tree, click Computers.

In the details pane, select the client computer that you want to assign Office XP to, and then click Assign Applications to Client Computers.

Follow the steps in the Assign Applications Wizard.

Office XP will be installed the next time a user logs on to the client computer.

The following are some things to consider when assigning Office XP to various client computer operating systems.

To install Office XP, you need administrative permissions on desktops for client computers. By default, the domain administrator and users that were assigned to client computers (during the Client Setup Wizard) are given local administrative permissions on the client computer.

To install Office XP, you need administrative permissions on desktops for client computers. By default, the domain administrator and users that were assigned to client computers (during the Client Setup Wizard) are given local administrative permissions on the client computer.

Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a is required, as is Internet Explorer 5.01. Small Business Server 2000 installs Service Pack 6a and Internet Explorer 5.01 by default when Office XP is assigned. In addition, Office XP applies the system files update for client computers that do not have Office 2000 SR1 or SR1a installed.

You must restart client computers after installing Office XP.

Computers Running Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition

Internet Explorer 5.01 is required. Small Business Server 2000 installs Internet Explorer 5.01 by default when Office XP is assigned. In addition, Office XP applies the system files update for client computers that do not have Office 2000 SR1 or SR1a installed.

You must restart the computer after installing Office XP.

To install Office XP, you need administrative permissions on Terminal Services in Application Server Mode. By default, the domain administrator and users that were assigned to client computers (during the Client Setup Wizard) are given local administrative permissions on the client computer.

Office XP is able to detect when it is being installed on a Windows 2000 Terminal Server, and no additional configuration is needed.

For more information, see the white paper entitled “Using Small Business Server 2000 with Terminal Services in Application Server Mode.”

Configuring Outlook XP

If you previously installed Outlook 2000 Service Release 1 (SR1), it is automatically configured for your Small Business Server 2000 computer. If you need to manually configure Outlook:

Double-click Outlook on your desktop. The Startup Wizard appears.

On the E-mail Accounts page, click Yes, and then click Next.

On the Server Type page, click Microsoft Exchange Server, and then click Next.

On the Exchange Server Settings page, enter the name of the Small Business Server computer in the Microsoft Exchange Server box. Enter the User Name of the logged-on user, and then click Check Name. If this name resolves, click Next.

Click Finish.

Part three of this three part series will focus on finding additional resources of Office XP.

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