When moving small business to Microsoft’s Cloud-based services, being able to leverage Windows Intune to deploy software licensed via Office 365 provides value to the client by allowing them to fully leverage their cloud-based environment.
The first requirement installing Office 2010 via Intune is to download the Office 2010 installer from the Office 365 Portal. For this tutorial we are deploying the 32-bit version of Office 365 to all 32- and 64-bit clients in order to retain interoperability with 32-bit plug-ins. Additionally, you must deploy the Office 365 version of Office 2010 because it includes the Sign-On Assistant that activates the user’s license.
First, we need to download the Office 365 version of Office 2010 and re-package it for deployment:
1.) Log into the Office 365 Portal (http://portal.microsoftonline.com) as a user with an E3 or higher license.
2.) Click “Home” in the top navigation pane, then click the “Downloads” link on the right navigation pane under the “Resources” header.
3.) On the Downloads page, check the version of Office 2010 Professional Plus you want to download and click install. I typically recommend the 32-bit version of Office 2010 to allow compatibility with common 32-bit plug-ins.
4.) Save the file to a temporary location on your computer’s hard drive (c:temp), but do not run it. This will save the MicrosoftOffice.exe file.
5.) Open the folder containing the MicrosoftOffice.exe file.
6.) Open a command prompt (Shift-Right Click -> Open Command window here) or navigate to the folder from within the command prompt.
7.) Extract the files using the following command:
***Do not use 3rd party compression software to extract the contents of MicrosoftOffice.exe***
8.) Open the new folder containing the extracted files. To allow Intune to deploy the software without prompting the user for information, we need to create a config XML file.
9.) Create a new text document and paste in the following:
<Display Level=”none” CompletionNotice=”no” SuppressModal=”yes” AcceptEula=”yes” />
10.) Save the text file and rename to: config.xml
The next step is uploading the Office 2010 Package to Windows Intune for deployment
11.) Log into Intune https://manage.microsoft.com/
12.) Using the left pane navigation toolbar, go to Software -> Managed Software
13.) Click the Upload button
Windows Intune will download and launch the Windows Intune Software Publisher:
14.) Log-in using your Windows Intune credentials
15.) Click Next
16.) Browse to the Setup.exe file located in the directory where you expanded the Office Setup files
Check the box to include files and subfolders from the same folder and click Next:
18.) Fill-out the Software description information used to identify the package in Windows Intune and click Next:
19.) Choose OS and Architecture options on the next page. Since I am deploying the 32-bit version of Office 2010 to both 32-bit Windows XP and 64-bit Windows 7 machines, I left both options to Any. Choose the options suited for your deployment and click Next:
20.) The next step specifies how Intune will detect if the software is installed. I chose the default detection rules for this deployment:
The next step is configuring command line arguments to point to the config file created previously.
21.) Choose YES and paste the following argument: /config config.xml and click Next:
22.) I chose not to specify installation return codes, so just click Next on the Return Codes page.
23.) Review the package settings and click Upload when ready.
24.) Allow the package to compress and upload which can take a while depending on your Internet connection speed. The final package size is about 650mb.
The final step is setting the deployment options in Windows Intune
25.) Return to the Windows Intune Management page: https://manage.microsoft.com/
26.) Navigate back to Software -> Managed Software
27.) Click the Office 2010 package to select it and click Deploy
28.)Choose the group to which you want to deploy Office 2010 and set the Deployment to Install choose a Deadline, and click OK
29.) Windows Intune will automatically check for new software at midnight, but you can force the installation on a workstation by launching Windows Intune and clicking on Check For Updates
30.) Windows Intune will find the new package and prompt for installation. Select Install Now and click OK.
31.) The package will download to the target machine and install.
32.) Once the software is installed, users will be prompted to log-into their Office 365 account to activate Office 2010.