Now Install the Applications of your choice from Office 365 setup

Microsoft has heard the request of many of the IT admins & have released a new Office 365 OCT which can be used to select or deselect the applications in the Office 365 package. Like i was working with a client recently & there requirement was only Lync 2013 Full from Office 365 package but we were not able to provide these functionality to our customer as this was not supported by the product before but now it's good to go. Lets see how it works !!

Download the Setup from here,

When you expand the details menu in the same page, you will notice the feature "Configure which products and languages to install" which is added in the new OCT executable.


Download the setup & run it using a admin command prompt,


Once the exe is executed it will give you a prompt, check the box for License agreement & click on continue :-



Select the location were you want to extract the setup & then click OK :-


Once the files are extracted it will give you this prompt, click on OK to continue :-


When you look at the folder location you will see the extracted files i.e. Setup.exe & configuration.xml :-
 
Now we will be downloading the Office 365 core setup files (CAB files in this case), Use the following command for download :-

Setup.exe /download configuration.xml

It will start downloading the core setup files after creating a Folder named "Office" in the file location :-
  


It may take some time to download the setup (831 mb approx).
Till the setup gets downloaded lets tweak the configuration.xml fil, the configuration.xml file which gets extracted with the setup looks something like this :-


We will change the file a bit to meet our requirements :-

<Configuration>

<Add SourcePath="" OfficeClientEdition="32" >
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
      <Language ID="en-us" />
          <ExcludeApp ID="Access">
    <ExcludeApp ID="Infopath">
    <ExcludeApp ID="Groove">  
    <ExcludeApp ID="Excel">
    </Product>
    <Product ID="VisioProRetail">
      <Language ID="en-us" />
    </Product>
  </Add>

<Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />

<Logging Path="%temp%" />

<Property Name="AUTOACTIVATE" Value="1" />

</Configuration>

We are excluding Infopath, Groove & Excel from the setup.

Now, lets get back & see if the setup download has finished :-


The download has been finished & when you check the property of the Office folder it's around 831 Mb in size.

Now, lets go to a Windows 8 Machine & install the Office 365 package using the configuration file :-

 Setup.exe /configure configuration.xml


It will be a totally silent install and after the installation we get all the products from the Office package except Infopath, Groove & Excel.


Important Links :-

Technet Library -

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/dn745895%28v=office.15%29

http://technet.microsoft.com/library/gg715562%28v=office.15%29

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