Deploy Office 2016 with SCCM


In this post I will illustrate the necessary steps to deploy Office 2016 Pro Plus  with SCCM 2012 R2 using Microsoft Office 2016 Deployment Tool.

Throughout the article I will use Office 2016 Professional VL edition in a future post I will illustrate how to deploy Office 365 Pro Plus via Office 2016 Deployment tool.

Deploy Office 2016 – MSP Creation

Download a copy of Office 2016 VL and copy all its content to a source on the ConfigMgr server for this article I have used \szhv-cm01software$Office 2016

Once the files have been made available open an elevated command prompt and navigate to the folder containing the setup file and launch the following command setup.exe /admin to start the Office Customization Tool (OCT)

Deploy Office 2016 Admin Setup

[su_note note_color=”#ffff96″ text_color=”#000000″ radius=”5″]Note: Be aware this process will only work with the VL version of Office 2016[/su_note]

In the first page OCT select the product that you want to customize and deploy (in this case Office 2016 Professional 32bit)

Deploy Office 2016 OCT Select Product

While the Office Customization Wizard allows you to configure any aspect of Office installation I will illustrate some settings here so to make installation completely silent, first of all under Install location and organization name specify where Office should be installed and the organization name

Deploy Office 2016 Customize Install path

In the Licensing and user interface either specify a KMS key (for either KMS or ADBA activation) or MAK key that will be used during installation ticking the I accept the terms in the License Agreement in the Display Level select Basic and tick Suppress Modal and No Modal to suppress dialog boxes during deployment

Deploy Office 2016 Customize Install path

In the Modify Setup properties you can modify behavior of installation routine, click on Add and in the window that will appear in the Name field write SETUP_REBOOT and in the Value field use Never

Deploy Office 2016 Property Value

In the Modify user settings (under the Features node) open the [Microsoft Office 2016] / [Privacy] / [Trust Center] and at minimum set Disable Opt-in Wizard on first run to Enabled

Deploy Office 2016 Property Value

These basic settings will be enough to deploy Office 2016 in an unattended way so click on [File] / [Save] and save the MSP file in the Update folder of Office 2016 Source folder

Deploy Office 2016 MSP File Creation

Deploy Office 2016 MSP File

Deploy Office 2016 to Clients

In the Configuration Manager Admin Console navigate to Software Library / Overview / Application Management / Applications and either click on Create Application on the ribbon or right click an empty area of the console selecting Create Application

Deploy Office 2016 Create Application

Chose the option to deploy and MSI file and specify the path containing Office 2016 MSI file which is under Office 2016proplus.ww

Deploy Office 2016 SCCM MSI

Click Next and wait for ConfigMgr to import information about the MSI file, in the General Information page specify any necessary information about the deployment in the Installation Program delete the default value (msiexec /i “proplusww.msi” /q) and just type setup.exe

Deploy Office 2016 SCCM MSI Information

Deploy Office 2016 Install Command

Once the package has been created select it in the console and click on Deployment Types then navigate to the Content tab and change the content location field removing proplusww at the end of the proposed path. The final result should look similar to

Deploy Office 2016 Change Content Path

[su_note note_color=”#ffff96″ text_color=”#000000″ radius=”5″]Note: If you have defined more than one Deployment Type you will need to take above step for all of them.[/su_note]

While Ii t is not strictly necessary for Office 2016 Deployment you can specify detection rules that ConfigMgr will use to make sure the software has been really installed and Installation Requirements, the good thing with MSI Deployments is that usually the detection method is automatically populated. To check a detection method for Office 2016 Deployment has been crated from the deployment type properties page just go to the Detection Methods tab and make sure you have the following entry

Deploy Office 2016 Detection Method

You can specify as many installation requirements as you would like but this example I will only specify the minimum RAM the client needs to install Office 2016 to do so just change tab to the Requirements one and click the Add button as by default no requirement is automatically defined

Deploy Office 2016 Add requirement

In the Create Requirement page use values similar the ones you can see in the image below

Deploy Office 2016 Configure requirement

Deploy Office 2016 Requiements Summary

Once have specified all necessary requirements just distribute package content to Distribution Points and advertise the application package to necessary collections.

After a few minutes the application should be visible in Software Center or the Application catalog, if that has been deployed, and as the deployment type was configured as Available user can chose when to perform the installation

Deploy Office 2016 Software Center

Deploy Office 2016 Software Center Installation Status

Once the installation process is over you will be able to run Office 2016 as you would normally do but as this is a post about SCCM it would not be complete without references to log files, if you experience any issue about application being installed on the client you can check the AppEnforce.log which will help you troubleshoot any deployment issue


2 thoughts on “Deploy Office 2016 with SCCM

  1. Your image files are so small you can’t read them. And they are so low res that if you magnify the page, you still can’t read them as they are so out of focus.


    1. Thanks jmcdhome,

      images are just a preview clicking on them should open the lightbox/bigger version of them, as per the focus may I ask you which browser you’re using?

      I’ve checked over here on multiple computers and while images in this specific post are no the highest resolution, as soon as I have a minute I will upload better pictures, they don’t appear blurred.

      I’ll look forward hearing from you so I can fix this.


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