Enterprise deployment of Office 2013 (Professional Plus)

There are two distinct phases to be completed in an enterprise network deployment of Office 2013.

  1. Installation
  2. Licensing

Installation

  • Download the install media from the MS Volume licensing site.
    • Take note that MS recommends the 32-bit version of Office 2013 Pro Plus, regardless of OS arch.
    • While you are there, download the KMS key as well, unless you are NOT going to use a KMS server.  The KMS key is what you will use to automate the licensing later.  This method is recommended for volume licensing/campus agreement customers.  If not using a KMS server, download the MAK key instead.
  • Copy the contents of the Office 2013 installation ISO to the distribution share
  • From a command prompt run setup.exe /admin from the distribution share.  This will launch the customization wizard.
  • Configure the following options, among others:
    • Install location and organization name
      • Organization name
    • Licensing and user interface
      • Use KMS client key (unless you are NOT using a KMS server, in which case, enter the MAK key)
      • I accept the terms
      • Display level: None
      • Suppress modal
    • Modify Setup properties
      • Add: SETUP_REBOOT
        • Value: Never
    • Features
      • Modify user settings
        • Microsoft Office 2013\Global Options\Customize
          • Allow roaming of all user customizations: Enabled
        • Microsoft Office 2013\Privacy\Trust Center
          • Disable Opt-in Wizard on first run: Enabled
          • Enable Customer Experience Improvement Program: Disabled
          • Automatically receive small updates to improve reliability: Disabled
          • Send Office Feedback: Disabled
        • Microsoft Office 2013\Miscellaneous
          • Suppress recommended settings dialog: Enabled
          • Show SkyDrive Sign In: Disabled
        • Microsoft Office 2013\First Run
          • Disable First Run Movie: Enabled
          • Disable Office First Run on application boot: Enabled
        • Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Social Connector
          • Turn off Outlook Social Connector: Enabled
          • Do not show social network info-bars: Enabled
  • Save as Distribution share\updates\Setup.MSP – This will be applied automatically when setup.exe is run.
  • Push the installation via SCCM or script.  If using the above setup.MSP, no command line switches are needed for a silent installation.  Simply run setup.exe.  Previous installations of MS Office components that you selected for installation should be removed, although I have found that some features such as the Office tools may hang around, so you may need to find an alternate method of removing some office components.  In my experience, this can be done before or after installation of Office 2013

Licensing

  • Download the Office 2013 Volume License Pack
  • It is ok to reuse a KMS host that is already activating copies of Windows or previous versions of Office.  If installing on an existing Win 2008 R2 or Win7 KMS host, you need to download and install the KB2757817 update first.  There is a link on the License pack page.  This requires a reboot.
  • The Volume license Pack will prompt you to install the KMS key (referred to as the “host” key) you downloaded from MS Volume Licensing site.
  • You will not see any Office 2013 activations until 5 installations have contacted the KMS server and attempted activation.  When the fifth attempt occurs the server will begin to activate Office 2013 installations.
  • You can go back and force activation using the ospp.vbs script, if desired.  Otherwise, the first 4 clients will eventually activate automatically after the fifth has contacted the KMS server.
  • You can verify the status of your KMS server using the slmgr.vbs tool on the server.
  • You can easily check the activation status within an Office 2013 application by viewing the information found in File>[Office] Account.
Activation Required

File> [Office] Account: Activation Required

OSPP.vbs syntax and output

OSPP.vbs syntax and output

Activated

File> [Office] Account: Activated

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~ by Jay P Morgan on October 30, 2013.

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