We can deploy Office 365 apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc..) to clients using SCCM CB. Beginning from SCCM CB version 1702, from Office 365 Client Management dashboard, you can start the Office 365 application Installer. This will let us configure Office 365 installation settings, download files from Office Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), and deploy the files as an application. In this post, we will see “How to Deploy and Install Office 365 Applications via SCCM CB”. More details in the video tutorial here.
In this post, we will see the green field approach to deploy and install O365 applications. I have another post which explain about “How to Deploy and Install Office 365 Software Updates (patches) with SCCM CB ADR“.
What is Office 365 Client Installer?
Office 365 client installer is nothing but Office 365 client applications installer. Is that bit clearer? So, which are those Office 365 Client applications? Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Outlook, etc.. Basically, OFFICE 365 Client installer will help to install all these applications to end user devices like Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7.
How to start the Office 365 Client Installation Wizard?
You can start the Office 365 client installation wizard from SCCM console – \Software Library\Overview\Office 365 Client Management dashboard. Click on the + Office 365 Installer to launch the office 365 installer from SCCM CB console.
Office 365 client installation files will be downloaded to this location if they do not already exist. Without internet you can’t proceed to 2nd page of this wizard. This is incase if the you have not downloaded the Office 365 configuration files.
You can set up all the client settings using “Import Client settings” option in Office 365 Client Installation Wizard. You can import the configuration.xml file to automatically configure all the settings of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. Otherwise, you can select the option to manually configure all the settings via office 365 app installation wizard.
Select the list of Office 365 applications you want to Install
Select the Office Suite as part of the O365 apps installation wizard. There are two office suites available as part of the installation wizard.
Office 365 ProPlus Office 365 Business
You will also get an option to select the O365 Applications to include installation. I don’t want to install OneDrive for Business (Groove) application as it’s the old sync client. Rest of all apps will be installed on the Windows device as per your selection of the application from the wizard.
Access Excel OneDrive for Business OneNote Outlook PowerPoint Publisher Skype for Business Word
You have an option to select additional office products like Visio and Project. For those two products, there is a special licensing option. Those license options are also available Office 365 Subscription Standard Edition – Volume License. Professional Edition – Volume License. More details in the video tutorial here.
Specify Client settings for Office 365 Applications (Word, Excel, Outlook PowerPoint etc.)
Select the Architecture for Office 365 applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc..There are two versions 32bit Vs. 64bit. There are 4 update channels are available in SCCM Office 365 client install wizard.
But, recently these update models are changed. Following are the latest Office365 update models Monthly Channel (formerly Current Channel), Monthly Channel (Targeted), Semi-Annual Channel (Differed Channel) and Semi-Annual Targeted (formerly First Release for Deferred Channel).
You can have different languages for Office 365 applications. Depending on your preference or regions, you can select the language of applications. This wizard will help you to download the languages that will be downloaded for office 365.
You can also configure to “Accept EULA,” and Auto activate the applications. You can also have Pin Icons to the taskbar for Windows 8 and Windows 7 machines. The pin option is not applicable for Windows 10 devices. More details in the video tutorial here.
How to Deploy and Schedule Office 365 Apps via SCCM CB?
Deployment options/settings are also part of Office 365 Client Installation Wizard. You have to select the collection you want to deploy the Office 365 client on your SCCM CB environment. Select the content locations or DPs from Content page.
There are two types of Office 365 client installation options. Mandatory and Optional deployments. You can schedule the Office 365 client deployment as per your organization requires.
End User Experience of Office 365 App on Windows 10 Devices
You can see the Office 365 app listed in Software Center. As it was a mandatory deployment, it got automatically installed on Windows 10. All O365 Applications got installed on Windows 10 Device. The Office365 update channel is Current Channel (Monthly channel).
Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. apps are installed successfully on Windows 10 device. There was no internet connection on Windows 10 device hence the activation didn’t happen automatically. The License will automatically assign as per users subscription. You can launch all the applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, etc..) from Windows 10 machine after the install.
Office 365 Client Management dashboard provides the details number of clients managed O365 clients in your SCCM CB hierarchy. How to create Office 365 ADR and How to deploy Office 365 Software Updates? More details in the video tutorial here.
Example of Office 365 Client Installation Wizard Configuration
Application Settings • Application name: Office 365 Client Install • Administrator comments: • Content Location: \\DC1\Sources\Office365\Client Install Pre Prod Office 365 Settings • Suite: Office 365 ProPlus • Excluded Applications: Groove • Additional Office Products: None • Edition: 64-Bit • Channel: Current • Languages: English (United States) default, Hindi (India), Malayalam (India) • Version: 16.0.8326.2107 • Shared Computer Activation: False • Pin Icons To Taskbar: True • Autoactivate: False • Accept EULA: True General • Collection: All Desktop and Server Clients • Use default distribution point groups associated to this collection: False • Automatically distribute content for dependencies: True Success: Content (1): • SCCMTP1.INTUNE.COM Deployment Settings • Action: Install • Purpose: Required • Pre-deploy software to the user's primary device: False • Send wake-up packets: False • Allow clients to use a metered Internet connection to download content: False Scheduling • Time based on: UTC • Available Time: As soon as possible • Deadline Time: Disabled • Delayed enforcement on deployment Disabled User Experience • User notifications: Display in Software Center and show all notifications • Ignore Maintenance Windows: False • System restart (if required to complete the installation): False • Commit changes at deadline or during a maintenance win&dow (requires restarts): True Alerts • Enable System Center Operations Manager maintenance mode: False • Generate System Center Operations Manager alert when a software installation fails: False • Create a deployment alert when the threshold is lower than the following:: False • Create a deployment alert when the threshold is higher than the following: False
Sample Configuration.XML file configuration for Office 365
<Configuration> <Add OfficeClientEdition="64" Channel="Current" Version="16.0.8326.2107" OfficeMgmtCOM="True"> <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail"> <Language ID="en-US" /> <Language ID="hi-IN" /> <Language ID="ml-IN" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" /> </Product> </Add> <Display AcceptEULA="TRUE" /> <Property Name="SharedComputerLicensing" Value="0" /> <Property Name="PinIconsToTaskbar" Value="TRUE" /> <Property Name="AUTOACTIVATE" Value="0" /> </Configuration>
- Office 365 client update channel releases – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-in/office/mt465751
- Manage Office 365 ProPlus Update Details Using SCCM – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/sum/deploy-use/manage-office-365-proplus-updates
- Office 365 app install and Manage using SCCM/ConfigMgr CB –https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2017/03/26/now-available-update-1702-for-system-center-configuration-manager/
- Change management for Office 365 clients – https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Change-management-for-Office-365-clients-9d9fc2d3-23e1-4309-8ae6-12ef5b6a8dcd