Handling Multiple Office Deployments RRS feed

  • Question

  • HI,

    I'm in the process of streamlining our MDT setup and looking for advice on how to best deploy multiple versions of Office with other applications. 

    Previously we had a separate TS for each Office install (2010, 2013, 2016, 365).

    I want to reduce it to just one TS to avoid updating multiple and have a test machine working, whereby all the Office versions are listed in the Applications Wizard and you can select which one you want to install.

    However, we also install several "Core" Apps that install regardless of build. One of the apps we have in Core is Skype for Business.

    I have found this needs to be install before SfB else the installer will fail, but the issue with installing it before the SfB basic installer is that the Basic Installer will remove the Office 365 SfB and install the Basic version.

    Is it possible to Stop and install based upon a selection in the Application Wizard?

    What are best practices for multiple Office versions?


    Monday, August 19, 2019 4:04 PM

All replies

  • How's you want to handle the deployment. Do you have any specific requirements in which Version of Office should installed in which devices.

    What's Your observation with SFB! Do you want to proceed with Core Apps or Integrated with O365

    Monday, August 19, 2019 4:21 PM
  • Hi,

    No I just need the option to be able to install any one of the listed Office version for any given device.

    I guess the main issue for me at the moment is the Office 365 problem with Skype. 

    Every PC needs SfB regardless of Office version, so I have the Basic SfB client set as a "Core" aop. This application is just the standard SfB Basic client.

    When imaging a machine with Office 365 I want to be able to ignore the core SfB only when 365 is selected as in my testing I have found it removes the Office 365 SfB and will re-install the Basic client,

    Monday, August 19, 2019 8:40 PM
  • Exclude the SFB Installer from O365 setup and try to execute
    Tuesday, August 20, 2019 5:34 AM
  • I didn't really want to do that as the Office 365 Skype is slightly different version to the Basic client version I deploy as the "Core" app?

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:54 AM