How to deploy Microsoft Office 365 — Two ways

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Heidi Flaig|November 15, 2019
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Sometimes deploying Microsoft programs comes with some strings attached, and cloud platforms, like Office 365 are no different. Here are two ways to deploy Office 365 along with helpful videos to demonstrate these options.

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1. Include Office 365 in your golden image

Yes, it’s true! You can include O365 in your golden reference image. In fact, it’s more reliable, yields a faster deployment process, and ensures fewer configuration snags. That means you can ditch the tedious and less reliable methods of deploying apps to end users through writing custom scripts or manually pushing apps post-deployment.

Check our our 1-minute video to learn why you should not launch any Office 365 applications prior to shut down and capture.


2. Create an Office 365 application pack

Creating an O365 application pack allows you to preconfigure your settings for a seamless, zero-touch install. You can select whether to include less common tools, like Publisher and Access, in addition to configuring your organization-specific settings. Creating one centralized application pack ensures a consistent and reliable install across all users. And by not including O365 in your golden image, you can easily make changes to the individual application pack without having to recapture your image.


Whether you include Office 365 in your golden image or create an application pack for easy install, SmartDeploy has you covered. Try SmartDeploy for free and see just how smart, and simple we make imaging.

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Heidi Flaig

Heidi Flaig has worked on SmartDeploy's marketing team since 2011 and thrives on engaging with IT professionals to better understand how SmartDeploy products can improve their world. She has over 500 contributions in the Spiceworks community. When she’s not in the office, you can find Heidi hiking with her husband, two sons, and silver lab, Miles.

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