Deploying MS Office 2011

In terms of deployment, there has been little change between MS Office 2008 and MS Office 2011. Firstly, I use DeployStudio to deploy the initial install of Office, otherwise OS X’s builtin installer command also does the trick. However, after Office has been installed, you don’t want users to get all the pesky notifications about activating their copy or downloading updates and such. If you use OS X Server, you can follow the advice from Managing OSX. Otherwise, you can use the same idea and build a package that deploys all the same plists. This method requires access to one machine with Office 2011 installed and setup as you’d like. In PackageMaker, add the following files to your package:

  1. ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.autoupdate2.plist
  2. ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.error_reporting.plist
  3. ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Excel.plist
  4. ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.language_registration.plist
  5. ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.office.plist
  6. ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.outlook.database_daemon.plist
  7. ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.PowerPoint.plist
  8. ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Word.plist
  9. ~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/

The target directory for these files is: /System/Library/User Template/English.lproj/Library/Preferences/
You also want to add ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft and set it’s target directory to /System/Library/User Template/English.lproj/Library/Application Support.

This way, when a new local user is created, their Office 2011 preferences are set right off the bat.

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