Sunday, 29 March 2015

Office365 Packaging & deployment Overview

Introduction

Microsoft Office 365 is group of software plus services subscriptions that provides productivity software and related services to its subscribers. For consumers, the service allows the use of Microsoft Office apps on Windows and OS X, provides storage space on Microsoft's cloud storage service OneDrive, and grants 60 Skype minutes per month. For business and enterprise users, Office 365 offers plans including e-mail and social networking services through hosted versions of Exchange Server, Lync, SharePoint and Office Web Apps, integration with Yammer, as well as access to the Office software

Office365 provides productive tools on the go or in office from PC/MAC, iOS, Android, or Windows device in real time.

Office 365 ProPlus includes the same applications that are available in the Office Professional Plus 2013 client suite. These include the following:

Office 365 ProPlus

Others

Access

Excel

InfoPath

OneNote

Outlook

PowerPoint

Lync

Publisher

Word

Visio Pro for Office 365

Project Pro for Office 365

SharePoint Designer 2013

Lync 2013

Lync 2013 Basic

Scope

There are several methods to deploy O365 in organisation depending upon requirements deployment method can be selected. In this blog we are concentrating on deployment of O365 on premises without impacting the user’s productivity

Set up Office 365 – Overview

*Courtesy O365 Support

Set up OfficeO365

To set up your organization to use Office 365 email and then the Office apps, below steps need to follow:

 

 

1. Verify your domain

Use the setup wizard to add your custom domain (like www.contoso.com), and verify that you own the domain.

2. Add users

Add users individually, or add several users at the same time.

3. Set up Office 365 email with your domain

Tell your domain provider to switch your email to Office 365.

4. Download and install Office on your Mac or PC

Install Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office programs.

5. Set up email

Set up Outlook to work with Office 365.

6. Copy email, calendar, and contacts

Choose the method that's right for you to import email, calendar, and contacts.

7. Set up Office on your phone or tablet

Set up the Office apps and email on your phone or tablet.

8. Help your users get started

Explore the Office apps and help your users get started quickly.

Methods to deploy Office365 in Organisation

There are several methods to deploy O365 in organisation depending upon requirement deployment method can be selected. In this blog we are concentrating on deployment of O365 on premises without impacting the user’s productivity.

  • Office Portal

For very small organisation of less number of users O365 can be deployed manually by log in to Microsoft portal http://portal.office.com/OLS/MySoftware.aspx. And install the application with required language.

  • On-Premises

Whereas for organisation of medium or large base of users below tools used to achieve the migration of MS office, Lync etc

For clients who are not having the distribution tools like SCCM clients it is recommended to go with Step -1. Whereas clients who are managing infrastructure using distributions tools like SCCM, LANDesk, Marimba Step-2 would be recommended

    1. NetworkShare and Group Policy
    2. Software Distribution Product – SCCM or MDT or Intune

Organisations looking for O365 available along with images can go with MDT tool .To manage and deploy O365 on Mobile devices Windows Intune integration will be added advantage.

Packaging O365

Before deployment O365 need to be configured as per client requirement using tool Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run

The following are some advantages to using Click-to-Run versions of Office products:

  • Faster to download and install. Start using a product before it has finished installing.
  • Up-to-date from the start and kept up-to-date automatically. No need to download and install updates manually.
  • Run different versions of Office products side-by-side on the same computer.

Packaging O365 enables to configure deployments for

    • With Multiple languages
    • With 32 Bit or 64 Bit
    • Excluding or Including the applications of O365
      • Ex : Excluding Lync or Outlook for deployments can be handled
    • Managing the O365 updates and keeps users up-to-date.
    • Of-course installation silently without affecting users
    • Office365 in App-V format.

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