Endpoint Services, Munki, Deploying Microsoft Office
This article provides guidance on using Technology Services' Munki Mac Endpoint Management system to install Microsoft Office.
Munki Mac Endpoint Management
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Endpoint Services has packaged Microsoft Office 365, along with optional 2021, 2019, and 2016 campus volume licenses, for deployment via the Multi-Tenant Munki service.
Office 365 uses Microsoft's click-to-run (C2R) technology, which relies on customer logins for licensing. To install Office 365 for click-to-run use, add microsoft_office_365 to your unit Munki manifests. Your Munki-managed Macs will receive the latest Office updates and have access to the full Office 365 feature set.
In fall 2021, Microsoft released the Office 2021 LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel) perpetual license, the successor to Office 2019 for device-based Office activation. Endpoint Services has packaged the Office 2021 license for the Multi-Tenant Munki service.The Office 2021 license contains only a subset of the full Office 365 feature set; for the full feature set, deploy Office 365.
The Office 2021 license requires Office applications to be on v16.53 or higher, which in turn requires macOS 10.14 or higher.
There is no need to uninstall older Office versions before updating to the 2021 license. Office 2021 will install over 2019 and 2016; 2019 will install over 2016; and all volume license packages share common base installers with Office 365.
To update from Office 2016 or 2019 to Office 2021:
- If you are currently deploying microsoft_office_2019 for device-based-activation:
Replace microsoft_office_2019 with microsoft_office_2021 in your Munki manifests. The 2021 license will install over the 2019 license.
- If you are currently deploying microsoft_office_2016_vl_serializer for device-based-activation:
Replace microsoft_office_2016_vl_serializer with microsoft_office_2021 in your Munki manifests. The latest Office updates will install, and the 2021 license will install over the 2016 license.
- If you have previously used device-based licensing but would like to move to click-to-run activation and the full Office 365 feature set:
Install microsoft_office_2021_vl_unserializer, which will remove *all* Office licenses (365, 2021, 2019, and 2016), and pave the way for a fresh click-to-run activation.
The Office 2019 license will reach end-of-life in October 2023, after which it will be out of support and no longer updated.
As with Office 2021, the Office 2019 license contains only a subset of the full Office 365 feature set; for the full feature set, deploy Office 365. If you have a need to deploy Office 2019, add microsoft_office_2019 to your unit Munki manifests.
The Office 2016 license reached end-of-life in October 2020.
To allow EPS to more easily retire Office 2016 from the service, please remove microsoft_office_2016_vl_serializer from your Munki manifests. Note that attempting to use Munki to uninstall Office 2016 from a Mac that has already been upgraded to Office 365/2021/2019 will fail.