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How to Install Office 365 ProPlus on a Cloud Server

In order to install Office 365 applications (Word, Excel, etc.) on a cloud server you must have an Office 365 ProPlus license or a subscription that includes ProPlus (e.g. E3). You must also notify technical support for proper licensing.

To install O365 ProPlus, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure NO version or Office applications are currently installed. If they are, uninstall them.
  2. Download the Office Deployment Tool (ODT) for the version of Office you wish to install. For example, the Office Deployment Tool for O365 (version 2016) can be found here - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49117
  3. Run the file that was downloaded. This will extract files to a directory of your choice.
  4. Open the folder where the files were extracted.
  5. Open the Configuration.xml file in a text editor (such as Notepad)
  6. Edit the Configuration file to meet your needs. Information on the file settings can be found here - https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Configuration-options-for-the-Office-2016-Deployment-Tool-d3879f0d-766c-469c-9440-0a9a2a905ca8

    Specifically you MUST include the following line:
    <Property Name="SharedComputerLicensing" Value="1" />

    Here is an example of a typical Configuration.xml
    <Configuration>
    <Add OfficeClientEdition="32" Channel="Current">
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
    <Language ID="en-us" />
    </Product>
    </Add>
    <Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />
    <Property Name="SharedComputerLicensing" Value="1" />
    </Configuration>
  7. Save the Configuration file.
  8. Open a command prompt where the configuration and other ODT files are saved. TIP: Hold SHIFT and right-click the folder and select Command Line Prompt Here.
  9. Run setup.exe with the /configure switch. For example:
    setup.exe /configure configuration.xml

While setup is downloading and installing O365 ProPlus leave the command prompt open. It will not show progress and will take up to 60 minutes to install. Do not close the command prompt until the cursor returns.

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