Using SCCM you can easily create Office 365 ProPlus installer and deploy it to your clients. There are multiple methods to deploy Office 365 ProPlus using Configuration Manager but using using the O365 client installer is the easiest.
In one of my previous post, I covered the steps to deploy office 365 using SCCM. Since then there have been lot of changes and you will see some of them in this post.
For example, Microsoft Teams was a separate installation from Office 365 ProPlus. But starting with version 1902, Teams is included as part of new installations of Office 365 ProPlus. If you have Teams already installed on the device, no changes are made to that installation of Teams.
Tip – During my test deployment, I enabled the Microsoft Teams under Deployment Settings > Apps along with other apps. However I noticed that Teams wasn’t installed. But the fact is to complete the installation of Teams on new or existing installations of Office 365 ProPlus, you must either restart the device or have the user log off and log back on.
Let’s get started with creating Office 365 installer using Configuration Manager.
Create Office 365 ProPlus Installer using SCCM
To create Office 365 ProPlus Installer using SCCM :-
- Launch the configuration manager console.
- Navigate to Software Library > Overview > Office 365 Client Management.
- Click Office 365 Installer in the console. This will bring up Microsoft Office 365 client installation wizard.
- Using this wizard we will create and deploy Office 365 ProPlus to client computers.
On the Application Settings page, specify the name of the application, description and content location. The content location is the path where the Office 365 installation files are downloaded. Click Next.
Using the Office Customization Tool
The Office Customization tool will create the configuration file for all the changes that you do. So it is pretty easy to use this and helpful as well. In addition to that you can customize a lot of settings and the settings are deployed along with Office 365.
Click Go to the Office Customization Tool.
Products and Releases
Architecture – Under Products and releases, select the architecture which is 32-bit or 64-bit. I am going to select 64-bit because all my computers in my lab are running Windows 10 64-bit and I like 64-bit apps over 32-bit.
Products – Choose what you want to deploy under this section. My deployment inlcudes :-
- Office Suites – Office 365 ProPlus
- Visio – Visio Online Plan 2
- Project – None
- Additional Products – None
Office 365 ProPlus Update Channel
Under Update Channel, we have got 4 options.
- Monthly Channel
- Monthly Channel (Targeted)
- Semi-Annual Channel
- Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)
Each of these update channel controls the timings of feature updates. Hence if you are still thinking which Office 365 ProPlus update channel to choose, click here.
Office 365 Apps
In this section you can turn apps on or off to include or exclude them during deployment. I have turned off few apps which I don’t need.
Most of all notice that there is a Teams app which you can turn on and deploy it along with Office 365 ProPlus.
O365 ProPlus Languages
Select your primary language which is English in most cases. You also get the option to select additional languages and proofing tools.
Under installation options, you can pin icons to taskbar, you can enable logging. The new option that I see is Shut Down running applications which was not available previously. Click Next.
Office 365 ProPlus Upgrade Options
Licensing and Activation
Turn on Automatically accept the EULA. Under Product Key, there are two options. KMS Client Key and Multiple Activation Key (MAK). Both the options are greyed out because the product key settings only apply to volume licensed products and suites.
Therefore under Product Activation, select User Based. To know more about Office 365 licensing and activation, click here.
Here you can provide your organization name and description.
On the Preferences section, click Finish.
Finally click Submit.
Select Yes if you want to deploy the application as required or No if you want to deploy it as available. Click Next.
On General page, click Browse and select the Device Collection to which you want to deploy Office 365 ProPlus. Click Next.
On the Content page, click Add button and select the distribution points. Click Next.
Under Deployment Settings, you may enable other options. click Next.
Click Next on the remaining pages. On the Completion page, click Close.
Rather than checking the office 365 installation on individual computers, use the built-in report to check the installation status.