Microsoft Office 2013 – Creating a .MSP file with specific installation criteria, using Office Customization Tool and how to prepare it for deployment in SCCM

This is a “how-to guide” and describes how to prepare Microsoft Office 2013 to be installed unattended using the OCT. The purpose of this it to create, while at the same time prepare the installation source folder for deployment for the use of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

First, you need to download the OCT here.

  • Install the version of Admin Templates that you desire (Depends on system version)
  • Extract the Office 2013 Admin templates files into the source files of Offices 2013

Creating the .MSP using OCT

  • Copy all content from the Microsoft Office 2013 DVD to a source share of your choice: \\SCCM1Server\Source\Applications\Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 ENU\DT-MSI_x86\

NOTE: You will have to create a subfolder for each deployment

  • Start the Office Customization Tool (OCT), by running “Setup.exe /admin” from the source folder as shown below:

  • Click “OK” to the UAC if it is required, then verify the version of Office that you want to use with the OCT, as shown below (Without 64-bit version), and press “OK” again:

  • Press “OK” to the desired version, a pop-up window will appear with 3 available options and the default choice would be “Keep Current Settings” but for this example I will use the second option and press “OK, as shown below:

  • When you are in the OCT Wizard, you can customise all the available settings that you can see – You can modify if the icons from MS Office should be created on the desktop or not, just to give an easy but yet useful feature. You can customise and configure everything that you can find in the Wizard.

​BUT for this installation I will configure what is needed to make the installation unattended, as well as to provide a more simplified user experience, when they install the application from the System Center 2012 Application Catalog.

  • Select where to install the files on source location and specify the​ organisation name, as shown below:

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  • Select “Licensing and user interface”, and select “I accept the terms in the License Agreement”. In the Display level, select Basic, and select both Suppress modal, and No cancel, as shown below:

  • Select “Modify Setup properties”, and click “Add”, in the “Add/Modify Property Value” dialog box add the following information, and click “OK”, as shown in exhibit below:

  • ​If you also want to disable the Office 2013 Welcome screen, select “Modify user settings”, expand “Microsoft Office 2013, Privacy” and “Trust Center”. Then select “Disable Opt-In Wizard on first” and double click on the setting and finally, select “Enable”

  • Now you just need to save the .MSP file in the Updates folder of the Source folder location and you are done – Press “File”, and then save the file as described above and shown below

  • Now you prepared the source folder for unattended installation, and when you run “Setup.exe”, from the source folder, the installation will be 100% silent, if customized correctly.

Creating and deploying the application

In this section it will be described how you create an application using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, and how to deploy it after creation.

First off you will need to have access to a functioning Configuration Manager Administration Console and the user logged in, must have permissions to create and of cause deploy applications.

  • In the Configuration Manager Console, navigate to Software Library -> Overview -> Application Management -> Applications

  • In the top menu press “Create Application”

  • In the Create Application Wizard, verify that “Automatically detect information” is selected and that the Type is Windows Installer (*.msi file), and click “Browse” as shown below

  • Navigate to the source folder (by using the UNC share path used earlier) and select the “ProPlusWW.msi” file, and click “Open”

  • On the General page of the Create Application Wizard page, click “Next” and Verify that the imported information is correct, and that the import was successful, and click “Next”
  • On the General Information page, verify that the Name is displayed like you would prefer to see it in the Console. Fill-in the Manufacturer (Microsoft), and the Software version (2013) as shown below:

  • In the installation program, delete the default and type “Setup.exe”. The verify that the Install behavior is set to “Install for System” then click “Next”

  • Click “Next” on the summary page and on the completion page. You need to verify if the application was imported with success, when verified, press “Next”
  • In the Configuration manager console, select the application and press “Deployment Types” as shown in exhibit below

  • Right-click the deployment type Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 – Windows Installer, and select Properties

  • Select the current tab and change the content location, by removing the “\proplusww” in the end of the pre-configured location, from the start

  • Select the “Programs” tab and change the Uninstall program to “Setup.exe /uninstall”

  • Navigate to the Detection Method tap and verify that the MSI detection code has been created

  • Now that the Office 2013 application has been created, once again navigate to “Software Library -> Overview -> Application Management -> Applications” and select the one you just created

  • Select “Deploy” under the “Home” tab

  • When under the General tab, press “Browse” and the target collection that you want the application deployed to (In this example I just targeted “All Users” followed up by pressing “Next”

  • In the content tab, Click “Add” and choose desired Distribution Point or group and press “OK”

  • Click “Next” and afterwards click “Next” 6 times and then “Close” to complete the wizard and the deployment of the application is now done and the User Experience should look like this, when opening the “Application Catalog”

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