Best practices for big companies:

  • It is recommended to deploy Office pro plus in 32bit mode
  • deploy using SCCM or equivalent deployment software in .msi mode or click-to-run
  • patch management using SCCM
  • set GPO settings for Office suite

 

Here a link to explain the different channel:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/DeployOffice/overview-of-update-channels-for-office-365-proplus?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

 

And the link for the history of the version (with the detail of build number):

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/officeupdates/update-history-office365-proplus-by-date

 

How to control office pro plus activations:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/odsupport/2015/06/22/office-365-proplus-user-activations-management/

Deployment guide:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/deployment-guide-for-office-365-proplus

 

Office deployment toolkit:

https://officedev.github.io/Office-IT-Pro-Deployment-Scripts/XmlEditor.html

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49117

 

Troubleshooting:

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/troubleshoot-office-installation-issues-in-office-365-for-business-fbbf663b-1e76-46d2-a417-0aa78ed2fb9a?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US#bkmk_activationfail

To get the information about Office 365 Pro Plus products on a computer, we can use ospp.vbs script:

1)Determine whether the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office 365 ProPlus is installed. To do this, open an Office 365 ProPlus application, such as Word, and choose File > Account > About {name of app}. 64-bit or 32-bit is displayed next to the application version.

2)Determine whether the computer has the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows installed. To do this, press the Windows logo key+E, then choose System properties or Computer > System properties. Under System, the System type property will indicate either a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.

3)Open a command prompt and type one of the following commands, depending on your versions of Windows and Office:

  • If the 32-bit version of Office 365 ProPlus is installed on the 32-bit version of Windows:cscript.exe "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office15\"ospp.vbs /dstatus
  • If the 32-bit version of Office 365 ProPlus is installed on the 64-bit version of Windows:cscript.exe "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office15\"ospp.vbs /dstatus
  • If the 64-bit version of Office 365 ProPlus is installed on the 64-bit version of Windows:cscript.exe "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office15\"ospp.vbs /dstatus

4)Review the LICENSE STATUS. The following table describes what each status means.

License status Description
OOB_GRACE Office 365 ProPlus was recently installed and is fully functional, but hasn’t been activated yet. The user is prompted to enter user ID credentials to activate Office 365 ProPlus.
LICENSED Office 365 ProPlus is fully functional and activated.
EXTENDED_GRACE Office 365 ProPlus is fully functional but at risk of going into reduced functionality mode. This status lasts for 30 days and indicates that the product key wasn’t successfully re-activated. In most cases, this means the computer hasn’t connected to the Internet for some time and Office 365 hasn’t had an opportunity to validate the license.
NOTIFICATIONS Office 365 ProPlus is in reduced functionality mode, and displays messages that the user needs to reactivate.

 

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