Yesterday, Office 2016 was released. Office 2016 comes with several new features targeted at IT administrator including
support for Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) to help control network traffic when deploying updates and new reports on Office activation and usage available in the Office 365 admin portal. In addition, there is new support for data loss prevention and strong security with multi-factor authentication.

With the new Office suite now available, if you guys are interested to roll-out, here is the step-by-step guide on how to install/deploy the office 2016 using SCCM 2012 R2.

Deploy Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus ( Office 2016) using SCCM 2012 R2

  1. Get familiarize yourself with on updating office 365 ProPlus to the Office 2016 version mentioned on below link.


  2. Download the Latest Office 2016 Deployment tool to deploy office 365 ProPlus.

    Download the file and run it extract the office Deployment Tool and sample configuration file.

  3. Copy existing Group Policy Settings for Office 365 ProPlus

As with any new version of Office, there is a new set of Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) for Group Policy settings. You can download the Administrative Template files from the Microsoft Download Center.

There're some added new settings, but maintained most of the existing Group Policy settings to help minimize changes you need to make. However, the registry location for the Group Policy settings has changed, so you need to copy your existing Group Policy settings to account for this change. All Group Policy settings for Office are now located in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Office\16.0 and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Office\16.0, where 16.0 is the designation for Office 2016. For Office 2013, the Group Policy settings are located in keys named 15.0.

  1. Have quick look at Deploy Click-to-Run for Office 365 products by using the Office Deployment Tool

  2. Now, let us start customization the sample configuration.xml file

      1. Head to your SCCM Applications Folder and create a sub folder, called Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus, if you have already had one, named it Microsoft Office 2016 ProPlus.

      2. Copy the content of extracted folder from Office 2016 Deployment Tool, which include setup.exe and configuration.xml file into this folder.

      3. Now, first thing we need to do is download the binaries on network shared location. Before you start customizing .xml,


        Ask yourself a question?

        Do you just need standard office 365 ProPlus?

        For Example, if you want to install the 32-bit edition of office 365 ProPlus in English (US) from a network share of  \\Server01\Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus” ,  your Configuration file will include the following Code.



        Do you want Install ProjectPro & Visio Pro along with it too? E.g for that sample code will look like this.






  1. Download Click-to-Run for office 365 ProPlus installation Sources

    Use the /download command to download Click-to-Run for Office 365 installation sources. It uses the following syntax:

/download <path of Configuration.xml file>


"\\Server01\Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus\setup.exe" /download “\\Server01\Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus\Configuration.xml


P.S: Use “ “ if you got space in folder names.


Simply paste this into command prompt and it will start download office installation to network share location under folder called Office based on configuration product ID.


  1. To Deploy Click-to-Run for Office 365 Products.

    Use the /configure command to install Click-to-Run for Office 365 from installation sources. It uses the following syntax:


    /configure <path of Configuration.xml file>


"\\Server01\Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus\setup.exe" /configure “\\Server01\Microsoft   Office 365 ProPlus\install.xml

P.S: Use “ “ if you got space in folder names.




  1. Once, you have downloaded the Office 365 ProPlus installation source files, either you create a new install.xml file for installation and uninstall.xml for Uninstall or modify the existing to install & create another for uninstall.

    Sample Install.xml which include all office version with current branch level updates.




    And here is Uninstall.xml to uninstalling the complete Office Suites.






  2. How to Deploy Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus using SCCM 2012 R2.