How to install Office365 in a Workspaces environment

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The KB article provides step by step instructions on how to install Microsoft Office 365  "O365" in a Neverfail Workspaces environment.

Step-by-step guide

Login to the Workspaces Portal and go to:
Workspaces -> Organization -> Templates -> Default App Template -> choose Start software installation

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Download the RDP file and login to the template machine and perform the Office installation following the below steps:

  1. Create a folder C:\ODT
  2. Download the Office Deployment Tool to your RDS server (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49117)
  3. Run the downloaded file, and save the extracted contents to C:\ODT
  4. create an XML file that defines the products and licensing the ODT should use; there’s a default one included but you’ll need to edit it (or create a new one) to look like this: 

     <Configuration>

         <!-- NOTE: For Office 64bit change the OfficeClientEdition value to 64 -->

         <Add SourcePath="C:\odt" OfficeClientEdition="32" >

              <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">

                   <Language ID="en-us" />

              </Product>

         </Add>

         <Updates Enabled="TRUE" />

         <Display Level="Full" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />

         <Logging Path="%temp%" />

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

    </Configuration>

The really important property is the “SharedComputerLicensing”; that’s what specifies that office is intended for terminal services.

  1. Open a command prompt (or PowerShell), change directory to C:\ODT and run the "setup.exe /download configuration.xml" (once complete you should see a new folder “C:\ODT\Office”)
  2. Install Office Pro Plus by running "setup.exe /configure configuration.xml"

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After the install completes, you should be able to run an office product. On startup, it will ask you to sign-in with your Office 365 account to activate the license.

 

Once the installation is complete go back to the Workspaces portal and choose Finish installation:

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From the App Store, move the desired applications to Published column edit the Permissions and hit Republish.

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Once the republish workflow completes users can Activate the Office components using their Office365 accounts.

 

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