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Process Automation – Deploying Office 365 on Multiple Computers at Once

Deploying Microsoft Office on multiple computers at once is a tedious task if you don’t the right sysadmin tools. This tutorial showcases how anyone can install a software remotely like Microsoft Office 365 using Goverlan Reach Remote Access Software Process Automation framework

If you have never automated a workflow with our Process Automation framework,  you may watch the below video or read our Scope Action Creation Basics article for more information.

Disclaimer:

To be able to implement this tutorial, you will need access to the full version of Goverlan Reach and its Process Automation framework. If you don’t currently own a valid license, you can download a free version of our remote access software on our website. The 30-day trial is free and no credit card is required.  

Workflow Automation Pre-requisite

The following will need to be prepared for the office installation before it can be deployed:

  1. Create the Admin File for a customized Office installation
  2. Copy the Office installation files to a network share
  3. Use a Goverlan Scope Action to execute the installation command

Porcess Automation Step 1

Copy the Office setup files on to a test system.

Insert the Office 2013 DVD into a system to build the MSP file on.

Copy the installation files to the desired directory on the build system.

Download the Office 2013 Admin Template files: http://www.microsoft.com/en-nz/download/details.aspx?id=35554

Launch the Appropriate admin template file for the version you are installing.

Extract the Office 2013 Admin files to the folder where the Office files are located.

Initiate the Office Customization tool with the command below.


Select the desired version you are going to install.

Configure the Office install in the manner for which you would like it installed.

On the Licensing and user interface section, make sure to select the option to accept the terms in the License Agreement and change the display level to basic or none.

The full display level will allow the end user to view/alter the install.

 

After the configuration has been completed and the MSP file has been saved, copy the MSP file to the Office Installation Updates folder.

After the MSP file is in the updates folder, copy the entire Office installation folder to a network share where users have read access.

Porcess Automation Step 2

Create the following action module for your Scope Action:

Add \ Remove –> Execute Computer Action –> Processes –> Run a New Process.

Run a new process argument.

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