Prescriptive guidance for sequencing 2007 Office programs in Microsoft App-V (SoftGrid)

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INTRODUCTION

This article describes one method that you can use to successfully sequence 2007 Microsoft Office programs for use together with Microsoft App-V (SoftGrid). The method that is described in this article is not the only method that is available. Additionally, you may have to modify the information in this article as appropriate for your particular environment.

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Obtain background information

  • Review the "Best practices to use for sequencing in Microsoft App-V (SoftGrid)" article. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    932137 Best practices to use for sequencing in Microsoft App-V (SoftGrid)
  • Review the product documentation that was included together with App-V (SoftGrid). This includes the following documents:
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Sequencer Install Guide
    • Sequencer User Guide
  • Install the 2007 Office program to become familiar with the functionality of the program.

Prepare the environment

  1. Use the Microsoft Office Customization Tool to create an .msp file. The Office Customization Tool is enabled on volume license versions of 2007 Office system products. For information about using the Office Customization Tool in the 2007 Office system, visit the following Microsoft website:
    http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/8faae8a0-a12c-4f7b-839c-24a66a531bb51033.mspx?mfr=true
    The .msp file must define at least the following settings:
    • On the Install location and organization name page, install the 2007 Office suite to Q:\unique eight-character path that you have not used previously\Microsoft Office.
    • On the Licensing and user interface page, enter the appropriate license key, and then click to select the I accept the terms of the license agreement check box.
    • On the Set feature and installation states page, click Run All From My Computer for each 2007 Office program feature.
    • On the Add registry entries page, add the following registry entry:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search\Preferences "PreventIndexingOutlook"=dword:00000001
      Note This registry entry enables the "Classic" Outlook search feature in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.
  2. If you want to use Microsoft Office Project 2007 together with the 2007 Office program, create an .msp file for Project 2007. This .msp file must define at least the following settings:
    • On the Install location and organization name page, install Project 2007 to Q:\unique eight-character path that you have not used previously\Microsoft Office.

      Note This is the same path that you specified for the 2007 Office program installation.
    • On the Licensing and user interface page, enter the appropriate license key, and then click to select the I accept the terms of the license agreement check box.
    • On the Set feature and installation states page, click Run All From My Computer for each Project 2007 feature.
  3. If you want to use Microsoft Office Visio 2007 together with the 2007 Office program, create an .msp file for Visio 2007. This .msp file must define at least the following settings:
    • On the Install location and organization name page, install Visio 2007 to Q:\unique eight-character path that you have not used previously\Microsoft Office.

      Note This is the same path that you specified for the 2007 Office program installation.
    • On the Licensing and user interface page, enter the appropriate license key, and then click to select the I accept the terms of the license agreement check box.
    • On the Set feature and installation states page, click Run All From My Computer for each Visio 2007 feature.
  4. Build the sequencing computer. To do this, use the information from the App-V (SoftGrid) product documentation. Also, consider the following list of best practices when you create the sequencing workstation: 
    1. Join the sequencing computer to the domain and allow for Group Policy to be applied to the computer.
    2. Log on to the sequencing computer as a member of the local Administrators group. However, do not use the local Administrator account.
    3. Do not disable User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista.
    4. Turn off any real-time scanning programs or indexing programs before you start the sequencing operation. This includes the following programs:
      • Microsoft Windows Update
      • Antivirus programs
      • Anti-malware programs such as Windows Defender.
      • Indexing programs or search programs such as the Windows Search service
    5. To a local folder on the sequencing computer, copy the 2007 Office suite installation program and any other program that is to be sequenced.

      Note Use the media package from a volume licensed 2007 Office suite installation for this purpose.
    6. Install the App-V (SoftGrid) Sequencer tool on the computer. When you install this tool, use the default installation options. 

Perform sequencing

  1. Start the App-V (SoftGrid) Sequencer tool. 
  2. On the File menu, click New Package.
  3. Type the appropriate information in the following boxes, and then click Next:
    • Suite Name
    • Title
    • Comments
    • Hostname
    • Path
    Note For more information about the information these boxes can contain, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    932137 Best practices to use for sequencing in Microsoft App-V (SoftGrid)
  4. Verify that the appropriate operating systems are selected on the Operating Systems page, and then click Finish.
  5. Click Next to start the Installation Wizard.
  6. In the Compression Algorithm list, click the appropriate compression algorithm.

    Note We recommend that you click Not Compressed in this list.
  7. In the Block Size list, click 32KB, and then click Next.
  8. Exit all programs that are not needed, close all windows that are not needed, and then click Begin Monitoring.
  9. Install Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 by using the .msp file that you created earlier.
  10. Install other 2007 Office programs by using the appropriate .msp files that you created earlier.

    Important Install all the following programs to the same package root folder:
    • Visio 2007
    • Project 2007
    • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007
    • Microsoft Office Live Meeting
    • XPS/PDF add-in
  11. Start each program that you installed except Outlook 2007 and Microsoft Office Groove 2007.
  12. Verify that each program works correctly. If it is necessary, start each program again.
  13. Click Stop Monitoring.
  14. When you are prompted, click the package root folder on the Q: drive to which you installed the 2007 Office programs.
  15. Accept the default option to add files to the virtual file system (VFS), and then click Finish.
  16. Click Next to start the Application Wizard.
  17. Customize the shortcuts to be included in the package as appropriate for your environment. When you do this, remove shortcuts that trigger update actions or that are not needed.
  18. Click Next.
  19. On the Launch Applications page, click each program in turn, and then click Launch.

    Important Do not select Outlook 2007 or Groove 2007.
  20. Perform the operations in each program as appropriate for the functionality that you want to be included in Feature Block 1. For example, to include the spelling checker functionality, misspell a word, and then check the spelling. Or, to include the Help functionality in Feature Block 1, start Help.

    Note By default, the 2007 Office program does not register the following file name extension associations:
    • .doc
    • .xls
    • .ppt
    If you want these file name extensions associated with the appropriate 2007 Office program, you must open a .doc file, an .xls file, and a .ppt file as appropriate, and then register the file type with the 2007 Office program.

    When you are finished starting programs, click Next.
  21. Click Finish to complete the steps in the Application Wizard.
  22. On the Virtual Registry tab in the Sequencer, expand the following virtual registry location:
    USER\%SFT_SID%\Software\Microsoft\Office\Common\UserInfo
    Then, delete the following values:
    • UserInitials
    • UserName
  23. If you include the Live Meeting add-ins in the sequencing operation, follow these steps:
    1. On the Virtual Registry tab in the Sequencer, expand the following virtual registry location:
      USER\%SFT_SID%\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Data
      Then, delete the Settings value and the Toolbars value.
    2. On the Virtual File System tab, expand CSIDL_APPDATA\Microsoft\Templates, and then right-click this entry to clear the virtualized flag. This action lets the 2007 Office Online templates function correctly.
  24. If you perform the sequencing operation on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer, follow these steps:
    1. On the Virtual File System tab, expand the following location:
      CSIDL_PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON\Microsoft Shared\ink
    2. Right-click this entry to clear the virtualized flag. This action lets Tablet PC computers function correctly.
  25. Save the package together with an appropriate name.
  26. Verify that local interaction is enabled. To do this, modify each .osd package to add the following entry to the <VIRTUALENV> section that appears after the <ENVLIST/> tag.
    <POLICIES>
    <LOCAL_INTERACTION_ALLOWED>TRUE</LOCAL_INTERACTION_ALLOWED>
    </POLICIES>
    When you enable local interaction, Windows Internet Explorer interaction is improved.

Known issues

  • The Outlook 2007 Instant Search feature does not function in a App-V (SoftGrid) environment. The registry key change that is described in this article turns on the Classic form of Outlook search. 
  • After streaming, the shortcut that is created in the Quick Launch area by Outlook 2007 and the shortcut that is created in the Startup folder for Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 are no longer valid. Therefore, users must manually re-create these shortcuts.
  • Items that require interaction with Outlook 2007 from the operating system or from other programs do not function correctly. This includes "mailto:" links and the Start menu shortcut for the default e-mail client.
  • The audio and video functionalities in Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 will not work in a virtualized Windows XP environment.

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Article ID: 939796 - Last Review: October 12, 2010 - Revision: 7.0
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