Software Installation - How To

How to deploy Microsoft Project 2013?

Description

This document provides you the steps required to deploy Microsoft project 2013 to multiple computers using Desktop Central.

System Requirements

Before you deploy the software application, ensure that the computers to which you deploy Microsoft Project 2013 meet the system requirements prescribed by Microsoft. Refer to  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee624351.aspx#section12  for more details.

Steps

To deploy Microsoft Project 2013, follow the steps given below:

Copy the package

  1. Copy the contents of the CD and store in the network share.  Network share is recommended only if you wanted to deploy the software to computers within the network. If you wanted to deploy Microsoft Office to computers located in a remote location, you can use HTTP upload.

    Note: The network share should have read permissions to Everyone group and should be accessible from all the computers to which you are trying to install.

Extract the contents of the EXE

  1. To extract the downloaded package, navigate to the command prompt and run this command - <sharepath>\en_project_professional_2013_x64_1123813.exe /extract:<target_directory>

    For example: \\C:\DesktopCentral\SoftwareRepository\Project\Project2013\en_project_professional_2013_x64_1123813.exe /extract:C:\DesktopCentral\SoftwareRepository\Project\Project2013

Customize the Installation

You have to deploy Microsoft Project by editing the config.xml file.
  1. Open the config.xml file from the extracted folder located at Project2013\prjpror.ww\config.xml and edit the file as given below,

    For Professional Edition

    <Configuration Product="PrjPro">
    <Updates Enabled="FALSE"/>
    <Display Level="none" CompletionNotice="no" SuppressModal="yes" AcceptEula="yes"/>
    <Setting Id="SETUP_REBOOT" Value="ReallySuppress" />
    </Configuration>

    For Standard Edition

    <Configuration Product="PrjStd">
    <Updates Enabled="FALSE"/>
    <Display Level="none" CompletionNotice="no" SuppressModal="yes" AcceptEula="yes"/>
    <Setting Id="SETUP_REBOOT" Value="ReallySuppress" />
    </Configuration>
  2. Save the file, after making the customization changes.

Adding the software package in Desktop Central

  1. Click the Software Deployment tab
  2. Click Add Package
  3. Select the MSIEXEC/EXE/ISS/Command package type
  4. Specify a name for the application
  5. Choose Network Path/Http Path based on your requirement and Locate/Add the files
  6. Specify the Installation Command with Switches/Arguments as 

    "<share_path>\setup.exe" /config "<share_path>\<file name>" 

    For example -  "\\Machine-1\DesktopCentral\SoftwareRepository\Project\Project2013\setup.exe" /config "\\Machine-1\DesktopCentral\SoftwareRepository\Project\Project2013\prjpror.ww\config.xml"

  7. Click Add Package

Deploy to target computers

  1. Select the package that you added
  2. Click Install/Uninstall Software
  3. Enter a name and description for the configuration
  4. Define the package settings
  5. Configure the deployment settings
  6. Choose the target computers
  7. Specify the schedule options, if required
  8. Click Deploy
You have deployed Microsoft Project 2013 successfully.