Deploy Office 365 ProPlus from Local File Server

Steps to Deploy Office 365 ProPlus from Local File Server

There is two type of Office 365 ProPlus Package that you can install

Semi-Annual Channel

  • Provide users with new features of Office only a few times a year – Every six months, in January and July

Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)

  • Provide pilot users and application compatibility testers the opportunity to test the next Semi-Annual Channel. – Every six months, in March and September

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Download the Office Deployment Tool and extract it to C:\O365

Prepare the following Folder and share it

  • C:\O365 – Stores the ODT and the configuration files that define how to download and deploy Office.
  • C:\O365\SAC – Office 365 ProPlus installation files from Semi-Annual Channel
  • C:\O365\SACT – Office 365 ProPlus installation files from Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted).

Ensure that the share folder is accessable via \IP-ADDRESS\O365 , \IP-ADDRESS\SAC and \IP-ADDRESS\SACT

Preparation of Office 365 ProPlus-SAC

Prepare the XML File with Office Customization Tool and export the configuration in C:\O365

32 or 64 bits Office 365 ProPlus or Office 2019 Volume License copy can be selected. Microsoft Visio & Project can be included also.

Select the Version and exclude certain Office components, like Access to be deployed to client machine

Specify the Language

Select Local Source with path \\SAC and Logging – Save log file to \\SAC

Get the latest update from Office CDN

Enter the Volume License Key if Office 2019 is selected

Customize the Office Settings here

Export and save the XML file as C:\O365\Config-SAC.xml

Sample of the configuration file generated

<Configuration ID="a8e39ff4-2738-4dd0-a663-5deb00dcda32">
  <Add OfficeClientEdition="64" Channel="Broad" SourcePath="\\\SAC" AllowCdnFallback="TRUE" ForceUpgrade="TRUE">
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
      <Language ID="MatchOS" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="OneNote" />
  <Property Name="SharedComputerLicensing" Value="0" />
  <Property Name="PinIconsToTaskbar" Value="TRUE" />
  <Property Name="SCLCacheOverride" Value="0" />
  <Property Name="AUTOACTIVATE" Value="FALSE" />
  <Property Name="FORCEAPPSHUTDOWN" Value="FALSE" />
  <Updates Enabled="TRUE" />
  <RemoveMSI />
    <User Key="software\microsoft\office\16.0\excel\options" Name="defaultformat" Value="51" Type="REG_DWORD" App="excel16" Id="L_SaveExcelfilesas" />
    <User Key="software\microsoft\office\16.0\powerpoint\options" Name="defaultformat" Value="27" Type="REG_DWORD" App="ppt16" Id="L_SavePowerPointfilesas" />
    <User Key="software\microsoft\office\16.0\word\options" Name="defaultformat" Value="" Type="REG_SZ" App="word16" Id="L_SaveWordfilesas" />
  <Logging Level="Standard" Path="\\\SAC" />

Download the Office 365 ProPlus Installation Source Files

It will take sometime to download the Source file

\\\O365\setup.exe /download \\\O365\Config-SAC.xml

2.1GB of Office 365 ProPlus Installation Source is downloaded successfully

Deployment of Office 365 ProPlus to Client Machines

Prepare a Batch file called – C:\O365\O365ProPlus-SAC.bat with the commands below

\\\O365\setup.exe /configure \\\O365\Config-SAC.xml

Run the Batch file with Administrator Right on Client Machine and wait for the installation to be completed

Repeat the same steps to prepare the Office 365 ProPlus for SCAT for pilot users

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