Inspired by Trond Eric Haavarstein’s evergreen PowerShell setup scripts, I created a download and install script for Office 365 Deployment Tool (ODT).
Microsoft Office 365 is the new standard in the EUC space right now. To honor this, we need a fast and reliable way to install it with our favorite deployment tools like MDT or PDQ, for example when you rebuild your master images.
There are a few different ways to deploy Office 365, but they are all similar:
You need the Office 365 Click-to-run setup.exe (Office Deployment Tool (ODT))
You need a XML configuration file
You decide to deploy from a pre-build offline cache or the files are downloaded from Microsoft each and every time
And then you go: setup.exe /configure configuration.xml
There are hundreds of WSUS Server Tutorials available in the World Wild Web, and none of them fitted all my needs. I would never say that my way is the best way, but I spent quite some time with WSUS in the last few years and by now all of the servers I maintain work quite stable. (Except 2008, I hate Server 2008).
First of all sorry for the German screenshots, but I thought better German screenshots than no article. The next time I setup a en-US WSUS I will swap the screenshots.
Your best bet IMHO is to switch to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 asap. Server 2008 R2 won’t get Support for Windows 10 Feature Upgrades and Server 2012 R2 got it very delayed through an “interesting” hotfix. Windows Server 2016 seems to be the most reliable choice.
Second lesson I learned is, always install the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio on the WSUS Server. You will need it sooner than later.
Third lesson is that WSUS will fail sooner or later, if you don’t execute a maintenance script on a regular basis. Continue reading “How I build and maintain WSUS Server”
Im August 2015 hat sich ControlUp bei der Citrix Community sehr beliebt gemacht, indem sie ihr Script zur Analyse des Login Prozesses frei zur Verfügung gestellt haben. Im Dezember 2015 hat dann der Entwickler eine neue Version des Scripts angekündigt.