When you begin to consider Office 365 you’ll have to look at one key piece in your environment. Just what version of Outlook are you running right now?
For some you may be licensed for the newest version of Office and will just mark that in as part of the upgrade process.
But for others that is a project in itself, especially if you’re looking at 500+ systems in your environment. With that in mind you start to rethink your options.
Office 365 DOES in fact support connections from Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010. There are two ways of doing this.
The first is to connect to portal.office.com and download the configuration software from Microsoft which will do all of the dirty work for you. It’s located under the Office 365 Software section in the “Desktop setup” location. Just click on the “Set up” button and download this tiny application and run it.
It looks like this and works very well with a quick but of authentication first…
It will then check your system and determine the updates needed for your Outlook version to connect to Office 365
This process works great but it requires local administrative rights and must be run on each workstation. If you do some digging online you can probably find the exact downloads for your environment or, you can do this the easier way.
Why not just let the the Setup application download the files for you and you grab them for later re-use!
Allow the application to download all of the data and then IMMEDIATELY as the first one starts installing access the %LOCALAPPDATA%\TEMP folder and look for files downloaded recently (Sort by Date/Time).
Grab the ones most recently downloaded and store them into a little folder called “updates”. In my example I placed “Updates” on the Root of C:\
You’ll probably see one two types of applications in this list either “Windows Installer” or “Application”. In actual fact they are all the same.
For the applications they are just wrappers containing some MSP files for Office. To extract them just launch the application from Command prompt with the parameters “/passive” and “/extract:” to extract the contents. See the example below which extracts the Outlook_2010_32 into the root of the C:\Updates folder.
Looking at the picture above there are two new files in our Updates folder. Repeat this process again with each Application downloaded using the Setup application from Office 365.
Got them all now? Here’s the easy part. You can install the msoidcli_64.msi file with this Commandline.
MSIEXEC.EXE /I”msoidcli_64” /passive /norestart
Then you can also install the patch files (.MSP) with this command line. We’ll use the recently extracted “outlook-x-none.msp” as an example.
MSIEXEC.EXE /update “outlook-x-none.msp” /passive /norestart
You can pack this into a little USB key, network share as a start for SMBS (No downloading for each workstation which should speed things up!). You can also in larger environments leverage a deployment solution like System 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to get these updates out to the masses!
Then you can sit home and let the computer do the work for you