Deploy Office 365 ProPlus via Intune
There’s an interesting blog post here that talks about how to install Office 365 ProPlus via Intune. The timing of the post was pretty awesome since a coworker of mine and I were testing that exact scenario using Windows 10 computers that are Azure AD Joined and Intune managed.
In testing, we were using the tool at GitHub, as referenced by the article. What we found was that if you follow the exact steps in the Microsoft blog, it didn’t seem to work. After some troubleshooting, we found some settings needed to be different than what was described in the Microsoft blog. For completeness, I’ll walk through the process beginning to end that we found to work.
1. If you haven’t already installed the toolkit, go here and note the link in the lower left corner to install the toolkit.
2. Now launch the Office 365 ProPlus Toolkit.
3. In the Start area of the toolkit, click Start new.
4. Make the following selections on the Product tab of the Products page of the wizard:
- Product: Office 365
- ProPlus Edition: 32-Bit
- Channel: Current
5. Click Next.
6. Leave the defaults for the Languages area.
7. Click Next.
8. On the Optional tab, leave the default options.
9. Click Next.
10. On the Excluded tab, we will leave the defaults.
11. Click Next.
12. On the Download page of the wizard, you may also leave the defaults.
13. Click Next.
14. On the Updates page of the wizard, you may also leave the defaults.
15. Click Next.
16. On the Options page of the wizard, choose the following options (note some differences from the blog that Microsoft posted):
- Display Level: Full
- Accept EULA: True
- Auto Activate: Yes
- Force App Shutdown: True
- Shared Computer Licensing: False
- Enable Configuration Manager support: False
17. Note: The major piece I noticed that had to be chosen was the option for the Display Level to be set to Full. This may seem unusual as often installs are done silently, but Intune will suppress installation windows and the user will not see graphical interfaces pop up during installation.
18. Click Next.
19. On the Generate page of the wizard, choose the following:
- Install type: MSI
- Sign installer: leave at defaults
- Silent Install: No
- File Path: Click Browse and choose a location (for example: C:\users\yourusername\desktop)
- Embed Office installation files: leave at default of unchecked
20. Click Generate.
21. After the wizard completes processing, you should see a file on your desktop called OfficeProPlus.msi.
22. Note the file should only be a couple megabytes in size.
The next step is to upload the MSI to Intune and deploy it. So head on over to https://manage.microsoft.com and log into your Intune tenant.
1. Go to the Apps area of your Intune web console.
2. Click Add App.
3. If you are prompted for credentials, enter them and continue.
4. The Add Software – Microsoft Intune Software Publisher wizard will open. Click Next.
5. On the Software setup page of the wizard, use the following options, then click Next.
- Select how this software is made available to devices: Software installer
- Select the software installer file type: Windows Installer through MDM (*.msi)
- Specify the location of the software setup files: C:\Users\YourUserName\Desktop\OfficeProPlus.msi
6. The Software description will be filled out next. You can change the values to your liking, but here’s my example:
- Publisher: Microsoft
- Name: Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus (2016)
- Description: Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Skype for Business, and Access.
- URL for software information: blank
- Privacy URL: blank
- Category: Productivity
- Display this as a featured app and highlight it in the company portal: Checked
- Icon: You can grab a good icon from a Bing image search.
7. On the Requirements page of the wizard select the default Operating System Version of 10.0 or later.
8. On the Command line arguments page of the wizard it will ask you if you want to provide command line arguments. Select No, then click Next.
9. On the Summary page of the wizard, confirm your selections.
10. Click Upload!
11. Once everything is successfully uploaded, click Close.
Back in your Intune console, you will want to refresh the Apps page in order to see your newly added application for Office 365 ProPlus (2016). To get started with deploying your application, I will assume you have created a group you want to target the deployment to and will skip creation of a group in Intune.
1. Right-click on your application and choose Manage Deployment…
2. On the Select Groups page of the wizard, you’ll want to highlight a group to deploy Office to, and click the Add button. Then click Next.
3. On the Deployment Action page of the wizard, change the drop down for Approval to Available Install, and click Finish. Note: You can choose to make the deployment required.
Finally, here’s what the experience is like for the end user.
1. Launch the Company Portal application.
2. Click the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus (2016) tile.
3. When the following dialog box pops up, click Install.
4. The application will start Installing.
5. The install is kept silent by Intune, but if are to look at Task Manager, you will see the install happening.
The install may take some time depending on the system’s specifications and internet connection speed, but you will see the Office apps show up!