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.
Workflow Automation Pre-requisite
The following will need to be prepared for the office installation before it can be deployed:
- Create the Admin File for a customized Office installation
- Copy the Office installation files to a network share
- Use a Goverlan Scope Action to execute the installation command
Process 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.
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.
Process Automation Step 2
Create the following action module for your Scope Action:
Add \ Remove –> Execute Computer Action –> Processes –> Run a New Process.