Category: Office


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

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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https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/undocumentedfeatures/2017/11/17/detecting-outlook-exchange-data-exfiltration/

Reference article: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/office_resource_kit/2014/01/21/managing-updates-for-office-365-proplus-part-1/

Extracts:

Q1. Well…how do automatic updates work? Can I control them?

A1.  A default install of Office 365 ProPlus is configured to update automatically from the cloud.  Separately, each month a new build of Office 365 ProPlus is released in the cloud.  When a computer with Office 365 ProPlus detects that a new build is available, the difference – or delta – between the new build and the existing one is streamed down in the background.  Updates are then installed when Office apps/processes aren’t running. So, with the default configuration Office 365 ProPlus, you will always be up-to-date. IT Pros can customize the configuration by controlling if updates are searched and applied automatically and/or from which source this will happen.  (More on this in Managing Updates for Office 365 ProPlus – Part 2.)

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Q4. I use WSUS and/or System Center Configuration Manager to manage Office updates today.  Can I continue to use these products to update Office 365 ProPlus?

A4.  Automatic updates is a servicing model built into Office 365 ProPlus, and provides the ability to be always up to date, or “evergreen”, with security and functionality enhancements.  Office 365 ProPlus updates are not provided via Windows Update.  Some environments may prefer to use their existing software distribution tool to manage updates for Office 365 ProPlus, and this can be facilitated using the Office Deployment Tool.  Check out the References section below for more information.

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How to use ODT for O365?

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Overview-of-the-Office-2016-Deployment-Tool-bb5b62d9-1168-47e9-9d54-15a958acfcca?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

To change the Office 2010/2013 installed with a MAK key to the corporate KMS office key, the following commands will be needed and can be scripted:

Reference: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee624355.aspx#section2-3

Reference for Office 2016: http://theitbros.com/ms-office-2016-activation-with-kms/

For Office 2010: Run the following ospp.vbs from this folder c:\program files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14

For Office 2013: Run the following ospp.vbs from this folder c:\program files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15

For Office 2016: Run the following ospp.vbs from this folder c:\program files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16

Here are the needed steps in the script.

0. cscript ospp.vbs     ; to display the list of ospp.vbs options

1. cscript ospp.vbs /inpkey:<kms product key>

The required KMS Office 2013 GVLK key you get here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn385360.aspx

The required KMS Office 2016 GVLK key you get here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn385360.aspx

2. cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:<kms.dns.name>

This is needed if you want set your kms server name manually

3.  cscript ospp.vbs /act

This step activates you Office Installation.

http://newdelhipowershellusergroup.blogspot.fr/2014/03/getting-list-of-outlook-contacts-using.html

 

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2011/09/26/advanced-xml-filtering-in-the-windows-event-viewer.aspx

http://blog.oneboredadmin.com/2013/05/filtering-windows-event-log-using-xpath.html

 

 

 

 

Here are tips and tricks about AD/Azure RMS:

Azure RMS blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rms/

RMS for externals: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/rms/2013/11/18/rights-management-licensing-terms-for-orgs-and-isvs/

Azure RMS Documentation: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rms/archive/2016/03/31/announcement-azure-rms-documentation-library-update-for-march-2016.aspx

PowerShell for Azure RMS: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj585027.aspx

Comparing Azure RMS and AD RMS: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj739831.aspx

Whitepapers about RMS: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=40333

 

PREVIOUSLY:

How AD RMS works: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/how-adrms-works.aspx

AD RMS concepts: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rms/archive/2012/04/16/ad-rms-infrastructure-concepts-part-1.aspx

Hosting the AD RMS Servers in an Internal Network and Publishing Them to the Internet through a Reverse Proxy with an Application Layer Firewall: http://technet.microsoft.com/fr-fr/library/dd996632%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

Making AD RMS Available on the Internet: http://technet.microsoft.com/fr-fr/library/hh311037%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

AD RMS best practices: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj735304.aspx

Operations: http://technet.microsoft.com/fr-fr/library/dd772674%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

 

 

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn529134

 

pfbackup.exe utility: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=9003 …. does not work properly with OL 2010,

to solve issue, follow the official MS KB article below:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=2030523

Here are the two most important web links about Office 2010 and volume activation:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee705504.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=311e7e71-ea1d-4ddd-bb36-b68349dd9539