Deploying Microsoft Office 2013 to Workstations

In my experiences in deploying Office Products I have found that I deploy my office products in a combination of ways from seen here to fit the educational environment I find my environment more consistent and stable.

Before I deployed Office 2013 I asked myself the following questions?

1.) Do I have the proper licensing for Office 2013?

If the answer was yes then proceed to question # 2.  If your answer was no then get legal and legit with your Microsoft Volume licensing agreement..

2.) Should I include Office 2013 on my deployment image?

My answer is no.  Although some may contradict what I say.  Let Group Policy do the work for you..  It also allows your image to be productivity package independent..

3.) Do I need to remove previous versions of Office before deploying Office 2013?

If you build your Group Policy deployment package of Office 2013 correctly then no..

4.) Why should I deploy Office 2013 via a GP instead of including it in a image?

Duh…. Time, time, time and effort..  Do you want to re-image a computer just for the sake of  changing productivity suits?  For some environments this cannot only be network intensive, but labor hour intensive as well.

In my searching of the internet I did not find one article that I really liked that provided a clear solution to deploying Office 2013 via a GPO.  So I decided to use a combination of the following articles to deploy Office 2013 successfully..

For the base deployment of Office 2013 follow these steps:

http://allancrumpton.blogspot.com/2013/02/office-2013-gpo-group-policy.html

To customize Office 2013 after the intial install (aka remove the annoying features that prompt users for responses such as the Office welcome screen.) follow these steps:

https://blogs.technet.com/b/odsupport/archive/2012/11/14/how-to-manage-the-first-run-screens-that-appear-when-microsoft-office-2013-applications-are-first-launched.aspx

If you wanna get creative and you have XP and Windows 7 workstations in your environment and since Office 2013 cannot be installed on Windows XP then use a WMI filter in GP to target only your Windows 7 workstations:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/a4ded143-da5e-47ae-ad36-b807247ff043/wmi-filter-for-windows-7-and-xp?forum=winserverGP

 

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