Update: Before you read this post, check out my new guide on TechNet right here: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/How-to-Deploying-Office-e9f296fb
Today Microsoft has released the Office 2016 Deployment Tool.
This Tool allows administrators to customize and manage Office 2016 Click-to-Run deployments. It will also help administrators to manage installations sources, product/language combinations, and deployment configuration options for Office Click-to-Run.
The tool can be downloaded here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49117&WT
Prepareing and Deploying Office 2016
After downloading and extracting the Deployment Tool, we need to create a download.xml that is used to download or update the installation source with the latest version of Office 365 Pro Plus (2016).
We also need to create a configuration.xml file that are used when deploying Office 2016.
Note: When you attempt to download the Office 365 ProPlus from the Microsoft content delivery network (CDN) using the Office Deployment Tool (ODT) you might get the following error message:
This occurs when you leave the SourcePath blank in the configuration.xml. For example, your configuration.xml looks as follows:
<Add SourcePath=” ” OfficeClientEdition=”32″ >
<Language ID=”en-us” />
To workaround this issue, you will need to specify a path (UNC or Local folder) in the SourcePath attribute of the configuration.xml file. This requirement is for /download only and not for /configure.
More info about this bug: http://blogs.technet.com/b/odsupport/archive/2015/09/22/office-365-proplus-2016-couldn-39-t-install-error-30015-1007-when-trying-to-download-using-the-office-deployment-tool-odt.aspx
Creating the Configuration files
This is how the download.xml file that I use in my lab looks like:
Note: There is a bug with the
And here is the configuration.xml file:
Here is a cool tool that will help you create the xml files you need:
To download the latest version you need to run the following command:
Setup.exe /download download.xml
And when the download is complete you can run the following command to install Office:
Setup.exe /configure configure.xml
That’s it… Happy deployment…
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