Microsoft Office for 2016

New Contributor III

Hello everyone-

My organization uses Office 2016, and one of the things that I have been trying to wrap my mind around is how to enable automatic updates for the Office 2016 suite. I have been enabling auto updates piecemeal, but I would like to find a better way to enable it for everyone with the Office 2016 app installed.

I haven't had much luck in finding a script for that, I was hoping that maybe someone has had success in this.


Contributor II

Refer to this documentation:

Then push out the plist file to the end users as a package with FUT and FEU settings.

Contributor III

Download this config profile from @rtrouton [](link URL)
Package it and push it to all your clients.



I use the plist settings to create a custom Configuration Profile and deploy it to the machine. Easier to walk back.

You could use

defaults write ~/Desktop/com.micorsoft.autoupdate2 HowToCheck AutomaticDownload
defaults write ~/Desktop/ StartDaemonOnAppLaunch 1
defaults write ~/Desktop/ ChannelName Production

Then learn how to upload custom settings in a new profile. (It took me a while to realize that the upload error actually tells you how to convert the plist you create to xml. In Red.)

Test, and be sure to use settings that are appropriate to your environment. Don't just blindly follow these settings.

You may have to do further work to get each user account to trust the updater.

Valued Contributor

Hey Guys,

I have downloaded @rtrouton's mobile config for the office 2016 auto download but I also have another config profile to use for first run disabling of Office 2016. For some reason, the two profiles cannot coexist. Is it easy to combine these into a single profile so the first run pieces are disabled AND the auto download works as well?

Just curious if someone has invented this wheel before I try and invent it.