Let’s find out the best way to Deploy Office 365 ProPlus Microsoft 365 Apps using SCCM. This is the best and easiest method to deploy and install all the Microsoft 365 apps to Windows 11 or Windows 10 devices.
SCCM Learn How to Deploy Install Office 365 ProPlus Applications Configuration Manager ConfigMgr. We can deploy Office 365 ProPlus apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc..) to clients using SCCM CB.
Beginning from SCCM version 1702, from Office 365 ProPlus Client Management dashboard, you can start the Office 365 ProPlus application Installer.
The new feature will let us configure Office 365 ProPlus installation settings, download files from Office Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), and deploy the files as an application. More details in the video tutorial are here.
In this post, we will see the greenfield approach to deploy and install O365 ProPlus applications. I have another post that explains “How to Deploy and Install Office 365 ProPlus Software Updates (patches) with SCCM CB ADR“.
What is Office 365 ProPlus Microsoft 365 Apps 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 ProPlus or Microsoft 365 Apps Client installer will help to install all these applications to end-user devices like Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.
Deploy Office 365 ProPlus Microsoft 365 Apps using SCCM
You can start the Office 365 client installation wizard from the SCCM console – \Software Library\Overview\Office 365 Client Management dashboard. Click on the + Office 365 Installer to launch the office 365 installer from the SCCM CB console.
Office 365 client installation files will be downloaded to this location if they do not already exist. Without the internet, you can’t proceed to the 2nd page of this wizard. This is in case if you have not downloaded the Office 365 configuration files.
• Application name: Office 365 Client Install
• Administrator comments:
• Content-Location: \\DC1\Sources\Office365\Client Install Pre Prod
You can set up all the client settings using the “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 the office 365 or Microsoft 365 apps installation wizard.
Select the list of Office 365 applications you want to Install
Select the Office Suite as part of the O365 or Microsoft 365 apps installation wizard. There are four office suites available as part of the installation wizard.
Microsoft 365 Business Basic.
Microsoft 365 Business Standard.
Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
Microsoft 365 Apps.
You will also get an option to select the Office 365 ProPlus or Microsoft 365 Applications to include installation. I don’t want to install OneDrive for Business (Groove) application as it’s the old sync client.
The rest of all apps will be installed on the Windows device as per your selection of the application from the wizard.
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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 are in the video tutorial are here.
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
Select Office 365 ProPlus Microsoft 365 Apps Architecture using SCCM
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 to 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 region, 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 in the taskbar for Windows 8 and Windows 7 machines. The pin option is not applicable for Windows 10 devices. More details are in the video tutorial are here.
Deployment and Scheduling options for Office 365 ProPlus Microsoft 365 Apps using SCCM
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 the 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 your organization requires.
• Collection: All Desktop and Server Clients
• Use default distribution point groups associated with this collection: False
• Automatically distribute content for dependencies: True
Success: Content (1):
• 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
• Time based on: UTC
• Available Time: As soon as possible
• Deadline Time: Disabled
• Delayed enforcement on deployment Disabled
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 or Windows 11 Devices. The Office365 update channel is the Current Channel (Monthly channel).
Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. apps are installed successfully on Windows 10 or Windows 11 devices. There was no internet connection on Windows 10 device hence the activation didn’t happen automatically.
The License will automatically assign as per the user’s 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 are in the video tutorial are here.
Example of Office 365 Microsoft 365 Client Installation Wizard Configuration –
Now, let’s learn how to Deploy Install Office 365 ProPlus or Microsoft 365 Apps using SCCM or Configuration Manager.
• 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 the deadline or during a maintenance win&dow (requires restarts): True
• 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>
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