Monthly Archives: August 2015

Office 365 – Updated deployment guide

Published / by Rens Hollanders / 53 Comments on Office 365 – Updated deployment guide

I still very often receive questions about how to deploy Office 365 the best way. In a blog I’ve written february 2014 I explain how to deploy Office 365 through MDT.

At the time the installer of Office 365 didn’t wait untill Office 365 was fully installed, instead the installer was initiated and the MDT task sequence proceeded to continue executing other tasks with the impact as a result that if the machine was being rebooted due to a task in the task sequence the installation of Office 365 failed.

Very recently I’ve downloaded the latest version of Office 365 ProPlus Retail, version: 15.0.4745.1001 which I’ve noticed waits during installation until the installation of Office 365 is complete.

In my previous post, I’ve devised a construction, that copied the Office 365 installation files from the MDT deployment share, to the local computer and be executed on the local machine. With the following configure.xml and install.cmd this isn’t necessary anymore:

Second you’ll need to have an Install.cmd that can be called by MDT to execute the installation of Office 365:

This will make sure Office 365 is installed directly from your deploymentshare, without copying files to the local computer and having to clean up those files later.

Just make sure the Office 365 are imported as an application, with the following files residing in the Office 365 folder:


Cheers! Rens

MDT – MDT 2013 update 1 released

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Just a short notice to everyone concerning operating system deployment who have interest in deploying Windows 10. As of yesterday August 17, MDT 2013 Update 1 has officially been released.

Read all about it on Michael Niehaus’ technet blog: here


Find the download links of MDT 2013 update 1 and Windows ADK for Windows 10 here:

Find a list with changes and improvements, here: MDT 2013 Update 1 Now Available

Cheers! Rens