This blog post will describe how to Deploy Office 2016 using SCCM 2012. This procedure is for the Office 2016 Click-to-Run version (Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus) not for the complete Office 2016 Professional Plus version. It will guide you in every steps required to deploy Office 2016 to your users.

The mains steps are :

  • Preparing the installation
  • Create the SCCM application
  • Create the deployment type
  • Deploy the application

Step 1 | Preparing Office 2016 installation

The first step is to create a Download.xml file that we’ll use to download the latest version of Office 365 Pro Plus (2016). Read the Reference for Click-to-Run xml file to know more about the available options.

sccm 2012 Office 2016 deployment

  • Extract the files to a drive on your computer

sccm 2012 Office 2016 deployment

  • You’ll end up with 2 files (Setup.exe and Configuration.xml)

sccm 2012 Office 2016 deployment

Create a Download.xml file and copy this content :

<Add SourcePath=”C:\Office 2016″ OfficeClientEdition=”32″ >
<Product ID=”O365ProPlusRetail”>
<Language ID=”en-us” />
<Language ID=”fr-fr” />

  • In our example, we are downloading the 32 bit version in the C:\Office 2016 directory and add the English and French language
  • Change the SourcePath and OfficeClientEdition if desired
  • You can also add a additional language if needed by modifying/adding more language in <Language ID=”xx-xx” />
  • Save the Download.xml file in the same directory as Setup.exe

Modify the Configuration.xml file that are used when deploying Office 2016

  • Open the Configuration.xml file and modify it to reflect this :

<Add OfficeClientEdition=”32″ >
<Product ID=”O365ProPlusRetail”>
<Language ID=”en-us” />
<Language ID=”fr-fr” />
<Display Level=”None” AcceptEULA=”TRUE” />

It’s important that you don’t include the SourcePath attribute in the Add section of your Configuration.xml file. That’s because SCCM copies the installation files for an application into a folder under the SCCM client cache folder, and the name of that subfolder is different for each computer. The DisplayLevel and AcceptEULA parameters ensure that our installation is silent.

Once the 2 files are created, we can launch the download using our Download.xml file :

  • Open a command prompt and naviguate to your folder
  • Execute : Setup.exe /download Download.xml

sccm 2012 Office 2016 deployment

The download starts silently, you’ll see an Office folder appear in your Office 2016 directory. The folder is 1.25GB so it will take some time to complete depending of your download speed. You won’t have a notification when it completes.

If the directory was created outside your SCCM source directory, move it to it’s definitive location before creating the application

Step 2 | Create the Office 2016 Application

  • Open the SCCM console
  • Go to Software Library / Application Management / Applications
  • Right-click Applications and choose Create Application
  • On the General tab of the Create Application Wizard, select Manually specify the application information, choose Next
  • On the General information tab, enter a name for the application, enter any optional information, choose Next

sccm 2012 Office 2016 deployment

  • On the Application Catalog tab, provide the information that’s appropriate for your environment, choose Next

sccm 2012 Office 2016 deployment

  • On the Deployment Types tab, choose Next. We’ll add a deployment type later
  • On the Summary tab, review the settings you’ve chosen, choose Next
  • Complete the wizard by selecting Close

Step 3 | Create Office 2016 deployment type

  • Open the SCCM console
  • Go to Software Library / Application Management / Applications
  • Right-click the Office 2016 application and choose Create Deployment Type
  • On the General tab of the Create Deployment Type Wizard, in the Type list, select Script Installer, choose Next
  • On the General Information tab , enter a name for the deployment type, enter any optional information, and then choose Next
  • On the Content tab , do the following :
    • In the Content location box, enter the network share where you put the Office Deployment Tool, your Configuration.xml file, and the Office 365 ProPlus installation files that you downloaded from the Internet
    • In the Installation program box, enter the following text: Setup.exe /configure Configuration.xml

sccm 2012 Office 2016 deployment

  • After you enter this information, choose Next
  • On the Detection Method tab , choose Add Clause
    • In the Detection Rule dialog box, do the following :
      • In the Setting Type list, select Windows Installer
      • In the Product Code box, enter {90160000-008F-0000-1000-0000000FF1CE}

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  • After you enter this information, choose OK, and then choose Next
  • On the User Experience page, in the Installation behavior list, select Install for system, and then choose Next

sccm 2012 Office 2016 deployment

  • If you want to specify any requirements or dependencies for the deployment type, choose Next to go through those pages in the wizard. Otherwise, choose Summary
  • Complete the wizard by selecting Close

The only step left is to distribute the content to your distribution points and create the deployment.

Bonus information

There is a new set of Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) for Group Policy settings. You can download the Administrative Template files using this Microsoft Download Center link.

All Group Policy settings for Office 2016 are  located in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Office\16.0 and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Office\16.0


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03.11.2019 AT 01:01 PM
I've followed this to a tee and my task sequence acts like it's installing the suite (it takes quite awhile to complete the step), but upon logging into the system, no Office suite is installed. Any ideas?


02.16.2018 AT 06:49 PM
Anybody been seeing setup.exe failing to terminate even though the installation has been completed? It has been happening with the latest release of the setup.exe 8529.3600


01.16.2018 AT 05:33 PM
Thanks guys! Any chance of adding the uninstall program command line? There are additional options that can be set in the configuration.xml file as per: An example on not including Access and Publisher in the installation, auto activating and forcing apps to shutdown before Office installs if required is: Property Name="AUTOACTIVATE" Value="1" Property Name="FORCEAPPSHUTDOWN" Value="TRUE"


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08.29.2017 AT 08:13 AM
any get the Office 365 deployment via Task Sequence working? Mine keeps failing. Office 365 is setup as an application. It does deploy fine via Software Center but not via TS

Jonathan Lefebvre

08.30.2017 AT 10:31 AM
Hi Kesh, please post you configuration.xml. That will help finding the issue. O365 can be deployed in a task sequence without issue. Jonathan


09.12.2017 AT 04:01 AM
Configuratio Add OfficeClientEdition="32" Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail" Language ID="en-us"/ /Product /Add Updates Enabled="TRUE"/ Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="TRUE"/ Property Name="AUTOACTIVATE" Value="1" / /Configuration


09.12.2017 AT 03:55 AM
Hi, let me try posting my XML again:


08.29.2017 AT 08:09 AM
Any body get around to making O365 deploy via Task Sequence? I have it setup as application, but it still fails


07.12.2017 AT 11:34 AM
Can we specify the update channel during the install ?

Jonathan Lefebvre

07.12.2017 AT 08:51 PM
Hi Ben, Yes you can specify the channel in the configuration.xml or Download.xml Details on the properties of the configuration.xml here : Jonathan


04.27.2017 AT 03:48 PM
Works great unless there's an existing 2013 installation--then it fails with a strange "user cancelled install" error


07.05.2017 AT 10:58 AM
You probably figured it out, but if not, you need to add into your configuration xml.


07.05.2017 AT 10:59 AM
Mmm it ate my code because I didn't escape the brackets. You need to add the Property Name FORCEAPPSHUTDOWN Value TRUE to your config xml. Imaging this is wrapped in angle brackets: Property Name="FORCEAPPSHUTDOWN" Value="TRUE"/