Install Office 2013 on XenApp 8

Not all off us have a big enough environment to spend the the time & resources to implement App-V so, in this article I plan to go through how to install & configure Office 2013 on XenApp, so all your users can successfully access the application remotely.

The first thing you need to do is get a copy off Office 2013 and have it accessible on a share in your network. Since at the time of writing 2013 Sp1 is out it might be an idea to use a “slip-streamed” copy, so you don’t have to install sp1 after you have installed the base version of 2013.

All you have to do is follow the instructions at howto-outlook.com and at the end instead of burning a DVD, just copy to a network location.

You could just now run the setup, but there are a number of things you want to customize as part of the installation, like activation, turning of Skydrive, or the annoying prompts for the customer improvement program. To do this we need to create a customization file (.MSP) and we do this by running running the following command that starts up the Microsoft Office Customization Tool.

….\Office2013\setup.exe /admin

Initial Screen
1_Office_costomization_tools

 

Installation Path

I am hoping you have created a D: or E: drive on your XenApp servers, where you are going to install all your apps, if not do it now, and change the installation path as below.

2_InstallPath

 

License

Here is where put in your license details, if you don’t have a KMS Server, just use your MAK key.

3_Key

Settings

Now you can how Office 2013 will look on first run and disable anything you don’t want installed or configured

4_settings

Below are a list of the general Options you will want to set, use these as a starter, and some you might not need and others you might want to change.

PRODUCT PATH SETTING RECOMMENDED VALUES
Microsoft Access 2013 Miscellaneous Disable the Office Start Screen for Access Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Excel 2013 Excel Options – Save Default file format Enabled, Excel Workbook (*.xlsx)
Microsoft Excel 2013 Miscellaneous Disable the Office Start Screen for Excel Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Office 2013 Privacy – Trust Center Disable Opt-in Wizard on first run Enabled
Microsoft Office 2013 Privacy – Trust Center Enable Customer Experience Improvement Program Disabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Office 2013 Privacy – Trust Center Automatically receive small updates to improve reliability Disabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Office 2013 Privacy – Trust Center Send Office Feedback Disabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Office 2013 Privacy – Trust Center Allow including screenshot with Office Feedback Disabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Office 2013 Subscription Activation Do not show ‘Manage Account’ link for subscription licenses Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Office 2013 Subscription Activation Automatically activate Office with federated organization credentials Disabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Office 2013 Services Disable Roaming Office User Settings Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Office 2013 Services – Fax Disable Internet Fax feature Enabled
Microsoft Office 2013 Downloading Framework Components Hide missing component download links Enabled
Microsoft Office 2013 Microsoft Office Picture Manager Disable File Types association dialog box on first launch Enabled
Microsoft Office 2013 Miscellaneous Show SkyDrive Sign In Disabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Office 2013 Miscellaneous Block signing into Office Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Office 2013 Miscellaneous Disable the Office Start screen for all Office applications Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Office 2013 Miscellaneous Disable Office Backgrounds Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Office 2013 Miscellaneous Suppress recommended settings dialog Enabled
Microsoft Office 2013 First Run Disable First Run Movie Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Office 2013 First Run Disable First Run on application boot Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft OneNote 2013 OneNote Options – Other Add OneNote icon to the notification area Disabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Outlook 2013 Outlook Social Connector Turn off Outlook Social Connector Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Outlook 2013 Outlook Social Connector Do not show social network info-bars Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Outlook 2013 Outlook Options – Preferences – Calendar Options – Office.com Sharing Service Prevent publishing to Office.com Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Outlook 2013 Outlook Options – Other – AutoArchive AutoArchive Settings Disabled
Microsoft Outlook 2013 Account Settings – Exchange – Cached Exchange Mode Use Cached Exchange Mode for new and existing Outlook profiles
Microsoft Outlook 2013 Account Settings – Exchange – Cached Exchange Mode Cached Exchange Mode (File | Cached Exchange Mode) Disabled
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 PowerPoint Options – Save Default file format Enabled, PowerPoint Presentation (*.pptx)
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Miscellaneous Disable the Office Start Screen for PowerPoint Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Project 2013 Miscellaneous Disable the Office Start Screen for Project Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Miscellaneous Disable the Office Start Screen for Publisher Enabled | Not Configured
Microsoft Visio 2013 Visio Options – Save – Save Documents Save Visio files as Enabled, Visio Document
Microsoft Visio 2013 Visio Options – Advanced – General Options Put all settings in Windows registry Enabled
Microsoft Word 2013 Word Options – Save Default file format Enabled, Word Document (*.docx)
Microsoft Word 2013 Miscellaneous Disable the Office Start Screen for Word Enabled | Not Configured

Outlook Configuration

To avoid having the user to configure their Outlook profile every time, we can use the OCT tool to automatically create a profile for them.

Navigate to Outlook –> Outlook profile then Select the Modify Profile radio button and in the Define changes to profile named: txt field, type in Outlook:

1_outlook_config

Select the Add accounts node and select the Customize additional Outlook profile and account information radio button then click on the Add button to create a new Outlook profile:

2_outlook_config

In the Exchange Settings window, enter the following, changing it for your environment.

Account Name: %UserName%@yourdomain

User Name: %UserName%

Exchange Server: exchangeserver

3_outlook_config_exchange_settings

 

 

And that should be you, now just click file and save the MSP, I usually just put it in the same folder as the Office 2013 installation. In this example I will call it customfilename.MSP

Now you are actually ready to install Office 2013 on your XenApp servers, hooray!

So log on as an admin to your XenApp server

You can run the commands in a DOS box, but we are now in 2012 land so what works in a DOS box will work the same in a Powershell box.

Start Powershell, but run it as an admin, and enter.

change user /install  (if you haven’t run PS as an admin it will fail telling you need to be an admin)

To install Office 2013 using your customisation file run, navigate into the Office 2013 folder and run

./setup.exe /adminfile  customfilename.MSP

Office 2013 will install and usually ask to reboot, once rebooted, start up Word, Excell etc and register them.

I now usually run, not sure if I have to, but I just do.

change user /install

That should be you all you need to do now is run the install on all off your XenApp boxes, and publish the application in your delivery group, and test.

Any questions let me know.

Sources that helped me with this post, thanks guys.

http://terenceluk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/customizing-microsoft-office-2010-with.html

 

http://stealthpuppy.com/office-2013-customization/

 

 

8 thoughts on “Install Office 2013 on XenApp

  1. Reply Siegfried Marechal Sep 25, 2014 12:00 pm

    Do you know how to remove MSOSYNC? I’ve got “Microsoft office document cache” staying open. I’ve closed all applications but this one still remain open.

  2. Reply Siegfried Marechal Sep 25, 2014 1:06 pm

    Here is the solution:
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/79e88e72-e9a2-4740-a41e-dbec4511ec59/disable-upload-center-via-oct-2010

    Office 2013
    msiexec.exe /i {90150000-0012-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE} REMOVE=WxpFiles

    Visio 2013:
    msiexec.exe /i {90150000-0053-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE} REMOVE=WxpFiles

  3. Reply Rob Jan 6, 2015 10:35 am

    Hi Gavin, I’m upgrading our Office 2010 to 2013 and have followed your instruction to the letter. The only difference being that we use PVS, so I am effectively only creating one install to be deployed around our estate.

    Unfortunately as soon as the image is placed back into Read Only mode, ready for use in the LIVE environment, the config screen pops up for our users (test users of course) as the Lync client automatically starts.

    First pass fails, then when you attempt to open an office product again it completes successfully?

    My concern is that our XenApp servers are rebooted weekly, returning them to the original vDisk state etc, but I know this will undoubtedly make the first user who connects to a particular server have to go through this awkward setup procedure.

    We are using XenApp 6.5, Windows 2008 R2 platform, PVS 6.1, Windows 7 Desktop

    Thanks in advance,

    Rob

  4. Reply Ian Jan 7, 2015 1:02 pm

    Hi All, just tried this and the command cannot “find” the MSP!?
    ive got the install on a fileshare.
    the MSP is in the same fileshare as the EXE.
    tried both PS and CMD to run this (as an admin)
    the path to the fileshare does have spaces in it so i am using “speech marks”
    Any ideas?

  5. Reply Ian Jan 7, 2015 1:58 pm

    I “Think” I’ve figured it out!
    Either it still did not like the spaces in the path, even with speech marks! OR my path was too long! I have shortened the path and in so doing removed the spaces and bingo! It now works, I think….
    If not I will post again.
    PS my path was 60 characters plus the filename! so not exactly massive!

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