Wednesday, June 12, 2013

rearm Microsoft Office 2010

Rearming MS office 2010 becomes essential when the office package is installed before the image capture. If the image has been captured without running rearm, for whatever reason if office not activated before user launching any of the office applications, user will get the red ribbon advising activation required or will get Microsoft Office Activation Wizard window.

To avoid this situation, we need to rearm the office after completing the installation and before capturing the image.

How to rearm Microsoft Office 2010?
Rearming office is very easy.
Create a package with a batch file using following command or add to the run command box on the task sequence
echo Rearm Microsoft Office 2010
IF /i "%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%" == "AMD64" "%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Common Files\microsoft shared\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform\OSPPREARM.EXE"
IF /i "%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%" == "X86" "%PROGRAMFILES%\Common Files\microsoft shared\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform\OSPPREARM.EXE"

Above command will check existing OS version then run OSPREARM.EXE accordingly.
When deployed this captured image using Deploy task sequence, if the activation has any issues communicating the KMS server, the activation wizard won’t show the popup msg, which give us ample time to resolve the activation issues.

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