Microsoft has released an updated version of its Mac Office Resource Kit.

This is of specific interest to system administrators and other IT professionals who manage and support Office for Mac on a network.

The new documentation includes a major new section to help guide system admins through the Office 2004 deployment process. It explains how they can exploit Apple technologies to do this, including Workgroup Manager, Apple Remote Desktop and PackageMaker. It also explains how to manage preferences on multiple machines and furnishes detailed information to help system administrators integrate Office 2004 into an Exchange Server environment.

New information about working with SharePoint, Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server, and Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) and SQL Server features in the guide.

There's also a more extensive guide to configuring Office 2004 programs, Virtual PC for Mac, and Messenger for Mac as well as a revamped Maintenance section.

The new documents are available here.