As a GSuite district, our users use google for all our email needs. We do have several users that need the Microsoft Office suite deployed to their machines due to reports, programs that are not nicely compatible with Google.
I want to be able to push out Office without Outllook. My colleague is able to to do this through SCCM by pointing a command line to the XML file. Would this work with MacOS/JAMF? Has anyone ever been successful in deploying Office suite without Outlook?
@celina.makinsi My MS Office installer is all bundled so I have run into a similar issue. I have a smart group setup that contains computers with Outlook installed. As I update inventory after install of MS office, the user is bounced into this group. Then I have that group scoped to a policy called "Delete Microsoft Outlook."
In addition, I also have a restricted software in place that quits Outlook and notifies the user that they are to use online exchange or configure the mail app from Self Service.
Note: I set this to an ongoing policy as it is scoped to that smart group.
Office installations can, as far as I can tell, still use a validly formed ChoiceChangesXML file. So that's an option too. But as Jamf Pro doesn't allow you to use this alongside an installer package in a policy, it will mean dumping the package installer into a location on the Mac, like /tmp/ and then using a script, either a post install script inside the pkg itself, or just something run "After" in the policy to use the choices xml file along with the installer command in the script. Doable for sure, but a little extra work to accomplish.
Note that I have not tried it with the latest Office 2019 installer, but from what I can tell it supports the use of the choices xml format so I don't see a reason why that wouldn't work.
But I added a like to @pbowden's post because I like the idea of a config profile being able to suppress certain choices. This actually allows you as an admin to prevent end users who may have admin rights from installing the full Office suite (meaning Outlook, OneNote, etc.) if you don't want them to do that.
@pbowden - can you scope this - ie one DeploymentExcluder.plist to only install core Office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook), then another to "add" OneDrive/whatever at a later date? Or will the plist's conflict?
(fine work, btw!)
Also, once the package is installed, you don't need to keep the configuration profile on the Mac. It's only referenced at installation. You could remove it and deploy different settings later if you need to add multiple items from the full installer.