Office 365 Deployment Series with MEMCM - Post 6 - Channel Info

Hey Team, Gary Blok here, I'm coming back after a few weeks and am now adding Channel Query Collections.

We had a request to take everyone on the current channel (formerly known as Monthly) and move them to Enterprise monthly.  In a previous post, I talked about how to change the channel, but not how to find and target different channels if you're looking to do it dynamically. Now if you're looking for a report, this will get you a good start and has the same basic idea for creating a collection, just remember this post is old and uses the old Channel Names. [System Center Dudes Blog Post]

Update: After I wrote this, I saw Martin Bengtsson (@mwbengtsson) wrote up a great post with a script to create these for you.  Check it out!

Channel Info: [MS Docs}
  • Friendly Name: XML Channel Code = Registry Key
  • Current Preview Channel: CurrentPreview = "http://officecdn.microsoft.com/pr/64256afe-f5d9-4f86-8936-8840a6a4f5be"
  • Current Channel: Current = "http://officecdn.microsoft.com/pr/492350f6-3a01-4f97-b9c0-c7c6ddf67d60"
  • Monthly Enterprise Channel: MonthlyEnterprise = "http://officecdn.microsoft.com/pr/55336b82-a18d-4dd6-b5f6-9e5095c314a6"
  • Semi Annual Enterprise Channel Preview: SemiAnnualPreview = "http://officecdn.microsoft.com/pr/b8f9b850-328d-4355-9145-c59439a0c4cf"
  • Semi Annual Enterprise Channel: SemiAnnual = "http://officecdn.microsoft.com/pr/7ffbc6bf-bc32-4f92-8982-f9dd17fd3114"

Based on those Registry Keys for the CDN, we can create our collections. Now remember, this assumes you've enabled the "Office 365 inventory" in your client settings, which I talked about in the first post.

Creating those Collections:

New Query Collection,

Use the Registry Keys for the Channels as I've shown above.
In the Console:
The Collections Match the Results in the Dashboard, so that's good. :-)

Now you have your collections, you can target them with a deployment to change channels.

Hope you found this helpful, hit me up on Twitter with Questions.

Check out all posts within this series:

Office 365 Deployment Series with MEMCM - Post 1 - Intro & PreReqs

Office 365 Deployment Series with MEMCM - Post 2 - Creating the Office Installer - Simple

Office 365 Deployment Series with MEMCM - Post 3 - Creating the Office Installer - Advanced

Office 365 Deployment Series with MEMCM - Post 4 - Deployment Methods

Office 365 Deployment Series with MEMCM - Post 5 - Office Updates / ADR