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Deploying O365

Hi All,

I am reasonably new to PDQ (6 months). We are now looking at deploying O365 in our environment and I have been reading through the Knowledge base notes. The notes are excellent, although I am surprised by the complexity given we are installing a MS product on an MS OS. I just assumed that we could put together s standard package, and have end users license when they log in.

Has the process changed at all from the below posting three years ago?



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  • Not so complex, and basically a one-time job to create the needed package. Those are very good instructions, deploying o365 years with that. Only thing I change is "configuration.xml" e.g. when I need to install something mixed. You can use also web-based Office Configuration XML Editor

    e.g. Download & Install C2R business o365 and Visio Professional with Deployment Tool:

    <Add OfficeClientEdition="64" Channel="Broad">
        <Product ID="O365BusinessRetail">
            <Language ID="en-us"/>
            <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher"/>
            <ExcludeApp ID="Groove"/>
            <ExcludeApp ID="Access"/>
            <ExcludeApp ID="Lync"/>
        <Product ID="SkypeforBusinessRetail">
            <Language ID="en-us"/>
        <Product ID="VisioProRetail">
            <Language ID="en-us"/>
    <Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="TRUE"/>
    <Property Name="FORCEAPPSHUTDOWN" Value="TRUE"/>
    <Property Name="SharedComputerLicensing" Value="0"/>
    <Property Name="PinIconsToTaskbar" Value="FALSE"/>

    Download the Install Packages with Deployment Tool:

    "setup.exe /download configuration.xml"

    Install the Packages with PDQ Deploy:

    "\\path*\setup.exe" /configure "\\path*\configuration.xml"

  • Cheers Maki,

    Will make an attempt tomorrow

  • I have just discovered that there is no way to deploy O365 updates, is that still correct?

  • not sure, never tested cause I use for this WSUS.. maybe smth like this to add in xml?

    <Updates Enabled="TRUE" UpdatePath="path to install files" />