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Keeping Office Up to Date
Updates have always been a feature of complex software. In today’s networked
world, they take on much more importance because many of the fixes shipped
by software developers are related to preventing security problems after a
product has shipped.
Office 2003 can be updated in a number of ways when the need arises.
One method for rolling out fixes is to update the administrative install point for
the product and recache and then reinstall the Office 2003 applications on
users’ computers. You can find information about how to update an
administrative install point at the Microsoft Office Resource Kit Web site at the URL listed
earlier in the chapter. With this method, the application and the cache are
updated, ensuring that changes between the cache and the installed application
are the same.
A second way to roll out updates is to perform an administrative update
directly on the client machines. As the frequency of patch releases increases, it
might be impractical to reinstall Office whenever a patch is released. The
administrative updates method involves keeping the Office 2003 installation
point at a baseline level and applying updates to the clients only. This helps
prevent clients from getting out of sync with the server when updates need to
In either case, when rolling out Office 2003, you should plan on updates.
Administrators should have plans in place for updating enterprise clients when
necessary. Doing so can go a long way toward preparation for emergencies,
should they arise.
Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 Inside Out , by Michael J. Young
(Microsoft Press) should be on the shelves soon after the launch of
the product. This topic can help you plan and execute Office 2003
deployments effectively and painlessly in your enterprise.
In addition, you can get deployment help from a number of Office
administration newsgroups. We recommend checking out the following
groups on the Microsoft news server: