Office 2010 Customised Install

If like me your memory sometimes fails you here is a quick step by step guide for creating a customised office 2010 deployment. Remember you need to have a VL edition, retail media does not include the admin folder.

1. Run Setup.exe –admin
2. Select Create a New Setup Customization file for the following product
4. Click OK
6. Select required document format
8. Click Install Location and Organization
10. Fill in as required
12. If required specify network installation points
17. Select the required features
19. Configure outlook options
20. When complete select FILE SAVE AS
21. Save the file in the office source\update folder (.msp)

Document Automation

One of the requirements in my current role is to create a single set of content that can be re-branded to suit different providers.

In the past this has been accomplished by literally creating a new document with copy and paste used to move content with manual editing of styles etc.

How scale this out and it could be that a large amount of time is consumed by this (say 50 services x 50 partners, well thats alot of documents 2500 to be exact!). All of these documents would need to be proof read, version controlled and managed manually. If we estimated this at 15 minutes per document thats 83.3 Days of effort to create the document, let alone manage them going forward. So to combat this I’ve created a POC using mailmerge both in MS word 2010 and MS publisher 2010.

Word is usefull however its ability to handle images from a DB is limited.

Publisher can handle images stored in a DB as OLE, for the kind of document I need that should do the trick. The next piece of the puzzle is to see how to centrally control and manage the db 😉