When you want to use Office 365 it is easy all in the cloud easy to manage , one click setup yes it is easy or not ?
suppose you have 25 users and all need to setup O365 and you have several windows servers 2012R2 but no real deployment tools like #SCCM
Well deploy the Office 365 with a Group policy easy to setup and quick response.
First we need to login to office 365 https://login.microsoftonline.com/
This is how it works the user logs in and do the thing. but for 25 users.. this will take some time. So my Sample user has Plan E3
The installation can be done by a user simple give the user the login password and select software and go. But I want control..
Easy there is a tool called Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run. You can download the Office Deployment Tool from the Microsoft Download Center site. Administrators download and run the self-extracting executable file, which contains the Office Deployment Tool .exe file, dynamic link library resources (dlls), and a sample configuration file, configuration.xml.
I downloaded the tool did an extract and there was a setup.exe and the Config file.
Create a Shared folder that can be accessed but the computers in your domain. In my case I have only a Windows Server 2012R2 this is all I need.
First we are changing the default configuration.xml. and there are a lot of options
But in this case I want Office NL and the EN version and it should be activated and I want a log file just in case and If you want more languages just add them this is for download only.
<Add SourcePath="\mvpdc01office365" OfficeClientEdition="32">
<Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail" >
<Language ID="nl-nl" />
<Language ID="en-en" />
<Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />
<Logging Name="OfficeSetup.txt" Path="%temp%" />
<Property Name="AUTOACTIVATE" Value="1" />
Now that the config file is ready we can start the download.
setup.exe /download configuration.xml
I did run this from my share so I do not need the move my files.
and now all we have to do is start an batch or CMD with one line
\mvpdc01Office365Setup.exe /configure \mvpdc01Office365configuration.xml
where is the setup file and the config that I should use. that is it. I use only the NL version for install.
And yes the batch can be with checking etc but for now I only want to deploy
\mvpdc01Office365Setup.exe /configure \mvpdc01Office365configuration.xml
echo Office 365 Install Complete > %SystemDrive%usersComplete_o365.txt
Nice but I have still to click the back file. I can place this in the login from the user easy. yes you can but nay this user install software ?
I create a office OU and placed the users in this OU.
I create a GPO that is going to install Office 365 and so that I can change things
I created the Batch that I used earlier and copied this file to a new folder in the windows directory and if this folder is not there create it.
Now we create a task that is doing the job on the Windows 7 machine.
Fill in the Name and configure it for windows 7
Next create a new Trigger that is on the Logon and make sure it is enabled !
For starting a program this is the batch file located on the local machine copied by the GPO.
As an admin I want to have control and maybe I want to start the task by myself sometime.
So select on demand also.
After this apply the GPO and start your Windows 7 machines. I logon with my dummy account and there is the Install account.
And the user is ready to use Office 365 , remember the user must logon to the office 365 during the wizard so make sure he/she has the email and password.
Great new blog post from Brad Anderson : In the Cloud
Source :Cloud Insights from Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Windows Server & System Center
People-centric IT (PCIT) is about helping people to work on the devices they choose. We’re providing users access to their apps and data on any of their devices in any location. The challenge this presents to IT teams is considerable: As soon as users are working on a device that IT does not manage (or even have any knowledge of), it becomes very difficult to retain control of sensitive corporate information and to be able to respond to situations such as the device being sold, lost, or stolen.
In particular, the challenges faced by IT teams responsible for a modern corporate infrastructure come from four key areas:
With the 2012 R2 wave of releases (e.g. Windows Server, System Center Configuration Manager, and the next release of Windows Intune), we are helping our customers answer these challenges. Engineers across each of those teams have jointly planned and executed their scenarios across a common set of engineering milestones, and we have delivered these scenarios across three primary areas that drove our priorities and investments in engineering:
1. Empowering users. This means allowing users to work on the devices of their choice by providing consistent access to corporate apps and data from those devices. We’ll support a broad set of devices in the R2 wave of releases this year, ranging from corporate laptops and desktops to personal phones, laptops, and tablets. We’ll support Windows and iOS devices across all of our PCIT features. Many features will be supported on Android too. For example, enrolling devices for management will be supported across Windows, iOS and Android. WorkPlace Join and Work Folders will be initially supported on Windows and iOS.
2. Unifying your environment. With the System Center Configuration Manager console we deliver comprehensive application and device management from a single plane of glass. We’ve also worked to integrate scenarios across on-premises infrastructure (using System Center Configuration Manager, Windows Server, and Active Directory), as well as cloud-based services, (using Windows Intune and Windows Azure). Also, it’s worth noting that, on top of all this, we have already integrated management and malware protection.
3. Helping protect your data. By controlling access to information based on a user, his/her specific device, and the location of that device, IT teams can better control and safeguard corporate assets. These tools can also remove or disable data on devices when they are no longer being used, as well as provide rich auditing and reporting.
Now let’s look at each of these scenarios, and their benefits, in detail.
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