Best practices: Deployment for enterprise managed

The Best Practices Guide includes deployment recommendations and real-world examples from the Office 365 Product Group and delivery experts from Microsoft Services. For a list of all the articles, see Best practices.

Now that Enterprise Managed has gone through Assessment and Planning, it is time to deploy the software.

Download the Office 365 ProPlus files for redistribution

Enterprise Managed will download the latest version of theOffice Deployment Tool (ODT) and use the ODT setup.exe in download mode, in combination with the download XML files, to download the latest Office 365 client source files. The downloaded source files must be for 32-bit Semi-Annual Channel and Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) builds, Project Pro, Visio Pro, 64-bit Semi-Annual Channel builds, and all supported languages for the Office 365 clients.

The specific downloads are listed in the following table:

Package
Languages
Office 365 ProPlus - Semi-Annual Channel - 32-bit
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Thai, Czech, Danish , Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek
Visio Pro Volume Licensed (VL) - Semi-Annual Channel - 32-bit
English
Project Pro Volume Licensed (VL) - Semi-Annual Channel - 32-bit
English
Office 365 ProPlus - Semi-Annual Channel - 64-bit
English
Office 365 ProPlus, Project Pro (VL), and Visio Pro (VL) - Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) - 32-bit
English

For examples, see Best practices: Download XML files for enterprise managed.

Configure the deployment files

Enterprise Managed will edit the XML files for the deployment. Enterprise Managed made several install XML files, that together with the Office 365 client source files that were previously downloaded, configure and install Office 365 ProPlus.

Note

Use GitHub to edit the XML files.

The following XML files must be created:

XML file
Languages
Exclusions/additions
Office 365 ProPlus - Semi-Annual Channel - Desktops - 32-bit - North America Region
English, French, Spanish
Exclude OneDrive for Business
Office 365 ProPlus - Semi-Annual Channel - Desktops - 32-bit - LATAM Region
Spanish, Portuguese, English
Exclude OneDrive for Business
Office 365 ProPlus - Semi-Annual Channel - Desktops - 32-bit - AsiaPAC Region
Chinese (Simplified), Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Thai, English
Exclude OneDrive for Business
Office 365 ProPlus - Semi-Annual Channel - Desktops - 32-bit - EU Region
Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, English, French
Exclude OneDrive for Business
Project Pro Volume Licensed (VL) - Semi-Annual Channel - Desktops - 32-bit
English
Visio Pro Volume Licensed (VL) - Semi-Annual Channel - Desktops - 32-bit
English
Individual languages - Semi-Annual Channel - Desktops 32-bit
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Thai, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek
Office 365 ProPlus - Semi-Annual Channel - VDI - 32-bit - All regions
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Thai, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek
Shared computer activation
Exclude OneDrive for Business
Office 365 ProPlus - Semi-Annual Channel - Desktops - 64-bit
English
Exclude OneDrive for Business
Office 365 ProPlus - Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) - Desktops - 32-bit
English
Exclude OneDrive for Business
Project Pro (VL)- Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) - Desktops - 32-bit
English
Visio Pro (VL) - Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) - Desktops - 32-bit
English

For examples, see Best practices: Install XML files for enterprise managed.

Configure OffScrub to remove all previous versions of Office

Enterprise Managed must obtain two different versions of the Office Scrub tool from Premier support. The first version removes Office 2007 and 2010 MSI versions, and the second version removes Office 2013 MSI, 2013 C2R, 2016 MSI and 2016 C2R. OffScrub will be run several times via task sequence; because there are multiple versions of the tool, each command must be performed separately.

The following sequence will be run:

  • Office 2007 Removal

  • Office 2010 Removal

User data will persist. All instances of Project and Visio will be removed with the accompanying version of the Office suite.

For examples, see Best practices: Uninstall XML files for enterprise managed.

Integrate the individual packages into System Center Configuration Manager for distribution

System Center Configuration Manager can deploy to machines with elevated privilege and logging. Although the Office 365 ProPlus package does not use normal KB patch updates, Enterprise Managed will use System Center Configuration Manager for continual maintenance of Office 365 ProPlus because their System Center Configuration Manager version allows for integration of Office Builds into the management tool (System Center Configuration Manager 1602 or greater).

For detailed guidance, see Best practices: System Center Configuration Manager configuration for enterprise managed.

Configure Office 2016 for Mac for distribution

Enterprise Managed has existing enterprise Mac software distribution that is different than System Center Configuration Manager. Additionally, the Office Deployment Tool is only for the Windows versions of Office 365 ProPlus. Therefore, the deployment process is slightly different for Mac clients. Enterprise Managed will use their existing Mac software distribution tool to manage their Mac deployments.

For detailed guidance, see Best practices: Office 2016 Mac client install for enterprise managed.