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MS Office Packaging via FileWave

Creating an MS Office Package is pretty easy that the perception about it is. There are couple of files that you need to include in your package and deploy them. Start with having a look at all the locations mentioned below and ensure you can find all of them. Following the process here, you dont need to create separate package for Office Updates. All the package released before the date you are trying this, can be combined into one giving a sleek and clean installer.

We will discuss 2 simple ways of doing it. Based on your understanding & preference, you might like either of these solutions.

Solution One

How To Start

The steps we will follow is:

  • Install the required version
  • Install the available MS updates
  • Locate all the files mentioned below
  • Add a Blank FileSet
  • Place the Files and Folders mentioned below
  • Give a name to your FileSet & ensure Requires Reboot is turned off
  • Enable Self Healing, if you like

What All You Need

Here are the files you need to grab from your Mac:
  1. /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Additional Tools
  2. /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Office
  3. /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Microsoft Outlook.app
  4. /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Microsoft Excel.app
  5. /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Microsoft PowerPoint.app
  6. /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Microsoft Word.app
  7. /Applications/Microsoft Communicator.app
  8. /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Read Me.html
  9. /Library/Automator
  10. /Library/Application Support/Microsoft
  11. /Library/Fonts/Microsoft
  12. /Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.office.licensing.plist
  13. /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.microsoft.office.licensing.helper.plist
  14. /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/com.microsoft.office.licensing.helper
/Volumes/Microsoft Office 2011/Office Installer/Contents/Packages/Office2011_en_dock.pkg

Once you place all 14 contents mentioned above to the desired location, you need to run a Post Install to execute the Dock package. This package will add the MS apps to the dock and there is no better way of doing it. Best option is to stick with this solution.

Addtional configurations can be done based on requirements in your enterprise. It's pretty simple, keep an eye on the file that makes the required change and add it in your FileSet.

Solution Two

If you have problems with Solution one, do the kids way. Take the snapshot and create the package, and now that you know the components required in MS Office Suite for Mac, you now know what all things you have to delete from the snapshot. 

This is defenitely the easiest way but you would agree to the fact that you will never have command on the functionality of the package because you have no idea what all things are included in it and what are the essential components. Try to learn Solution one, is recommended for everyone.

Feel free to write back in case you have queries. Pasting screenshots in meme blog is not so user friendly and saves 50% time if I dont paste them. If you are stuck at some point, feel free to get in touch. :)

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