Office Deployment Tool: How To Use It?

Office Deployment Tool How To Use It

Most office deployments are a huge headache. You have to go through the trouble of installing and configuring the office, making sure that everything is just right before you can even think about deploying it. 

However, if something goes wrong during the deployment process, you directly fall into a troublesome situation.

Thankfully, there is now an office deployment tool that can make your life a lot easier. In this article, we will discuss what the office deployment tool is, how it can be set up, and the right way of using it.

What Is The Office Deployment Tool And What Are Its Benefits?

The office deployment tool is a powerful utility that can be used to manage the installation of Microsoft Office products. During office deployment tool configuration, the ODT can be used to specify which office products are to be installed, as well as the deployment method (e.g., on-premises, in the cloud, or hybrid). 

The office deployment tool can also be used to configure office product settings, such as which features are enabled and disabled. The ODT(office deployment tool) offers many benefits, including the ability to:

  • Configure office deployments
  • Perform office installations
  • Remove office products: This can be useful if you need to troubleshoot an issue with Office or if you want to start fresh with a clean installation of Office.
  • Update office products: this helps you out if you want an updated version of the tools.
  • Automate office product installation
  • Customize office installation options
  • Silently install office products

Steps To Download And Set Up The Office Deployment Tool

  1.  First, you need to download the office deployment tool from the Microsoft website or head over to the following link.

Once the setup is installed on your computer, Open the setup.

download ODT

2. Click on the setup, and a box will appear titled User Account Control, tap yes. Later a box will appear that will ask you to continue to run the setup.

click-to run administartor box

How To Use The Office Deployment Tool?

At this point, when your setup is complete, follow the following point to use the office deployment tool 

  1. Now, find this toolkit in the folders where you extracted the setup.

2. Setup.exe and configuration.xml are the two files that make up the ODT. To use the program, first, update the configuration file to specify whatever choices you want, then execute setup.exe from the command prompt.

3. Now the next step is making a configuration file with the name config and the extension .xml by using the following commands.

config commands

You may copy these steps into the configuration file 

4. Once you’re done creating the file, now open cmd in the folder containing the config file by searching cmd in the search bar.

search cmd

5. A command prompt will appear. here,  insert setup/download config.xml

cmd search

6. Now tap enter and wait until the download is completed. Do not insert any other command while downloading.

7. The download process will look like this.

download process

8. Now, wait until the Microsoft Office installation is completed.

office installing

9. The Microsft ODT is downloaded successfully on your device.

office installed

Office Deployment Tool Configuration Options

You can use the Office Deployment Tool commands to configure a number of different office deployment options. Here are some of the most important options:

  • Which Office products and languages to install: You can use the ODT to specify which office products and languages you want to install on your computers. For example, you can use the ODT to specify that you want to install Office 365 ProPlus in English and French.
  • Where to install Office: You can use the ODT to specify where the office should be installed on your computers. For example, you can use the ODT to specify that office should be installed in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office folder.
  • Whether to install updates: You can use the ODT to specify whether the office should install updates automatically or not. For example, you can use the ODT to specify that the office should not install updates automatically.
  • How users will activate Office: You can use the ODT to specify how users will activate the office. For example, you can use the ODT to specify that the office should be activated using a KMS server.
  • Whether to display the Office installation progress: You can use the ODT to specify whether the office should display the installation progress to users or not. For example, you can use the ODT to specify that the office should not display the installation progress to users.