KACE Product Support Question
Deploying 0365 Office Suite in Educational Institution
We currently deploy Office 2016 on campus because it's relatively hands-off with our KMS activation server. We would like to move to O365 Office Suite but a major concern is we don't want professors or students to have to sign into Office for activation just to use it. We have several classrooms that would be this way and also labs that many users signing in daily. My question is does anyone have experience deploying O365 in a similar manner using device based activation? Or is there another way since that process seems overly cumbersome. My plan is to deploy it as part of an image post install task with the KACE SDA. Any advice would be welcome.
Community Chosen Answer
O365 does support Device Based Activation for education users. More information is available here: https://aka.ms/officedba
The setup took some time to get configured, but once it was done, it works very well. We also prefer it because it always installs the latest version from Microsoft, so when we deploy systems on the K2000, Office installs as a post-install task and we know the user is getting the latest version (based also on what deployment ring they are in).
This is what our configuration.xml file looks like:
<Add OfficeClientEdition="32" Channel="Broad">
<Language ID="en-us" />
<ExcludeApp ID="Groove" />
<Updates Enabled="TRUE" Channel="Broad" />
<Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />
<Property Name="FORCEAPPSHUTDOWN" Value="TRUE" />
And the batch file for the install:
setup.exe /download configuration.xml
OPPTransition.exe -Tenant yourtenantid -Key thekey -Domain yourdomain.onmicrosoft.com -Version 16 -UninstallVersion msi16