In this blog I will walk through a deployment of the Click-to-Run version of Microsoft Office Pro 2013.  Click-To-Run for Office 365 products are based on core virtualization and streaming Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) technologies. Click-to-Run resources run in an isolated virtual environment on the local operating system.

Click-to-Run virtualization provides the following advantages:

  • Isolation of resources in a virtual environment allows for coexistence with earlier versions of Office, and improves the cleanup and restore processes.
  • Extension points to the computer are published so Office is more integrated. This allows for local add-ins to be integrated with the virtual environment.
  • Streaming helps improve performance. The Office package is divided and is uncompressed over time, which optimizes network bandwidth and CPU usage.

Downloaded OfficeDeploymentTool.exe:

Start by downloading the Office Deployment Tool from the following location:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36778

Run the downloaded officedeploymenttool.exe file.

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Accept the License Terms, click continue and choose the location to extract the tool.  I chose C:\Office

The tool will allow us to download the source files for our SCCM package and reference a configuration file during the installation.

Customization details on using the Office Deployment Tool can be found here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219422(v=office.15).aspx#BKMK_ConfigureCmd

Created Configuration.xml File for download:

I edited the configuration.xml file extracted to C:\Office to look as follows:

<Configuration>

  <Add SourcePath="C:\Office" OfficeClientEdition="32" >

    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">

      <Language ID="en-us" />

    </Product>

  </Add>

  <Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />

</Configuration>

This will download the 32bit source files to C:\Office

Next, launch an administrative command prompt, change to location you extracted the deployment tool and run the command:

Setup.exe /download configuration.xml

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NOTE: Have seen some issues with the stream.x86.x-none.dat file failing to download and had to run it again.  Make sure you have all the files or you may see an error during installation.

Edit the configuration.xml file for installation:

To prep for SCCM distribution, remove the source location in the configuration.xml file so that it will use the cache folder and not require us to preload the files to C:\office

<Configuration>

  <Add OfficeClientEdition="32" >

    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">

      <Language ID="en-us" />

    </Product>

  </Add>

  <Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />

</Configuration>

Create SCCM Package

Copy C:\Office out to you SCCM Network share.

NOTE: keep the root package file with the setup and configuration file and the Office folder containing the source files.

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Open the Configuration Manager Console.

Browse to Software Library > Application Management

Right click Packages and select Create Package.

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Fill in the Package Details and select This Package Contains Source Files and browse to your network share.

Select Standard Program and click Next.

Fill in the Program details using the command line:

setup.exe /Configure Configuration.xml

Add any Requirements you require and finish the wizard.

Update your Distribution points and you are all set to create a deployment for the new Office 2013 Pro Click-To-Run package.