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Deploying Office 2013 with ConfigMgr 2012

Okay, so here’s my run on this topic though not something new. First you need to prepare the installation media of Office 2013. The only supported media is the Volume License media so make sure you’ve got the right media. However if you’ve got another media that is not VL, don’t worry you can still make do with it. You will need to download the Office 2013 Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool. What you really need here is the Office Customization Tool. Now, copy all the contents of the media to a shared folder. If you’ve got both the 32-bit and the 64-it media, ensure that you put them in separate folders.

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Double-click to launch either the 32-bit or 64-bit version.

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Select the check-box and then click Continue.

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Browse to the location where you’ve copied the contents of the Office 2013 media to then place to extract it to the respective folders; 32-bit to the \\Source\Office 2013 Pro Plus\x86 and the 64-bit to the \\Source\Office 2013 Pro Plus\x64.

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Once you’ve extracted it you’ll notice 3 new folders created.

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Now, go ahead and kick-off the setup.exe using the /admin switch.

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If this is the first time you’re doing this, select the default to create a new Setup customization file.

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The Office customization wizard appears. You can customize almost all settings but in this writing we’re only gonna configure a few.

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Select Licensing and user interface. Here we’ll accept the terms in the License Agreement and change the Display level to Basic. Select the check-box beside Suppress modal and No cancel. If you’re not using a KMS server to activate your copy of Office, then alternatively you can enter the MAK key to activate your copy of Office.

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Select the Set feature installation states. The other thing I always like to do is to select the components that I want installed. For example if you only want to install Word, Publisher and Excel without PowerPoint, then you can do so here. You can see below that I’ve made my selections.

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There’s a whole lot of other things you can customize here but let’s leave it as this for now. Now you gotta save this settings, so go to File > Save and go ahead and save the file. The .MSP that is created must be place in the Updates folder where you copied you media contents to.

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You’re almost done. Now you have to create or import it as an application in the ConfigMgr console. You need to browse to \Software Library\Overview\Application Management\Applications. Here you will right-click on Applications and then select Create Application.

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Here go ahead and browse to the location where you copied your media content to. Make sure it in an UNC path and select the proplusww.msi file in the proplus.ww folder; \\SetE-cm\source\Office\x64\proplusr.ww\proplusrww.msi then click Next.

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The information about the application is imported so just click Next.

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Here you can populate the information for administrator comments, manufacturer, software version and so on. At the Installation program: text box, delete the existing msiexec /i "proplusrww.msi" /q and replace it with setup.exe. Leave the other as default then click Next to proceed.

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At the Summary page, click Next.

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The application is created. Click the Close button.

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Now you can see the application that you’ve just created. There are some settings in there that you need to change. Click on the Deployment Type tab at the bottom of the screen, then right-click on the MSI Deployment Type and then select Properties.

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Go to the Content tab and at the Content location text box, remove proplus.ww or proplusr.ww so it should look something like \\SetE-cm\source\Office\x64\

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Go to the Programs tab and then on the Uninstall program: text box, remove the existing content and then enter setup.exe /uninstall. That should be it so click OK to close the pop up.

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Now to deploy the application you’ve just created. Simply right-click on the application you want to deploy and then select Deploy.

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In the General page, click the Browse button to select the collection.

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Select the target User Collection. In my case I’ve selected the All Users collection. You could also deploy it to a Device Collection too if you wanted. Click Next at the General page to proceed.

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At the Content page, click the Add button and then select Distribution Point. Since I only have only one Distribution Point I’ll go ahead and select that but you can select any number of Distribution Points you would like to distribution this application content.

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At the Deployment Settings page, click Next to proceed.

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At the Scheduling page, click Next.

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At the User Experience page, click Next.

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At the Alerts page, click Next.

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At the Summary page, click Next.

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At the Completion page, click Close.

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Now let’s take a look at how it looks like on the client end. From your Windows client machine, open up your Internet Explorer and then browse to http://<ConfigMgr Server Name>/CMApplicationCatalog/

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You should see the application that you’ve just deployed. Click the Install button, and then when asked if you are sure that you want to install the selected application, click Yes.

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Here you can see that the installation has begun.

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This is the basic UI you have chosen during the Office Customization Tool wizard. The user can only observe the installation process but cannot interfere with it.

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After you give a few moments, ConfigMgr will notify you that the installation has completed and you now have Office 2013 installed. Happy deploying!

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Enjoy!!!

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