Office 365 Deployment Series with MEMCM – Post 1 – Intro & PreReqs
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Preface: So I wrote this blog series about a week before Microsoft decided to change the product name from Office 365 to Microsoft 365, then rebrand the office channels and add a new one.
While I’m going to do my best to update these posts, I’m sure I’ll miss some references, so I apologize now for any inconsistencies. As always, feel free to hit me up on Twitter to ask any questions. – Gary Blok (@gwblok)
Now, on to the first post:
This post will go over the Deployment and Maintenance of Office 365 using Microsoft’s Endpoint Manager, Configuration Manager (MEMCM / SCCM). In this series we will cover:
- Pre-Reqs: Client Settings, Enabling Updates
- Office Options (Configuration)
- Channel, Software Addons / Removals, Config Options
- Deployment Methods / Strategies
- Use CDN for content or pull content from ConfigMgr
- How Deployment Methods function
- Notes from the field.
Configuration Manager has a node dedicated to Office 365. [MS Docs] We’re going to leverage it for this series, but I’ll also point to parts of the process that can be done outside of CM for additional flexibility. We’re also going to cover prerequisites for these features. [MS Docs]
I’ve added these to the main Default Client Settings but show them in a new Client Setting for example. The first one is enabling CM to manage the Office Updates. [MS Docs]
Hardware Inventory for Office Information [MS Docs]
Group Policy / Enable Data Collection [MS Docs]
Office 365 Collection [Used to deploy Updates ]
Let’s add Office 365 updates to our software updates list. [MS Docs]
Note, in POST 5, I got much more in-depth and show more images about getting updates going, then monitoring systems, but for now, just the basics.
Now let’s create the ADR [MS Docs]
Ok, now we’ve got everything in place to support Office 365. In the next post, we’ll go over making the actual office deployment.
Check out all posts within this series:
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