How to ‘Switch Channels’ for Office 2016 ProPlus

The Office 365 ProPlus update model supports 4 production channels; Monthly Channel (Targeted), Monthly Channel, Semi-annual Channel (Targeted) and Semi-annual Channel. Each channel receives features updates, security and non-security updates on different release intervals. Consider a scenario where Office 365 ProPlus is installed on a machine from the Semi-Annual Channel.  Now let’s say, a new feature is introduced on…

How big was this month’s Office ProPlus update?

Office 365 updates are designed to be very network bandwidth friendly. There is Binary Delta Compression that occurs so long as the machines are staying current and Office has built in throttles to prevent every machine from trying to update at the same time. However, IT admins will sometimes still need to monitor the size…


Changes to monthly Public Updates schedule for MSI-based updates

Starting April, 2016, MSI-based non-security updates will be released on the first Tuesday of each month and MSI-based security updates will be released (as usual) on the second Tuesday of each month. For more details, please see the following blog post:  


How do I stay on Office ProPlus 2013?

For Enterprise Customers using Office 365 ProPlus, users will be migrated to the latest version in February of 2016. If you want your users to stay on Office 2013 and continue to receive 2013 security updates, you can delay their migration to Office 2016 ProPlus. Your users will continue to receive security updates for Office 2013…


Improved output from the Ospp.vbs script available for KMS activation issues

A few weeks ago the following update containing a great improvement to the Ospp.vbs script was released: 2883036  August 12, 2014 update for Office 2013 KMS activation component So, the next time you are troubleshooting a KMS activation issue and run the Ospp.vbs script, please note the addition of two items to the output: A…


Unable to KMS activate Office running on Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

ISSUE: When attempting to activate Microsoft Office running on Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 clients using KMS activation, the activation fails with an error code 0xC004F074. Running ospp.vbs /dstatus shows the following output: LICENSE NAME: Office 15, OfficeProPlusVL_KMS_Client editionLICENSE DESCRIPTION: Office 15,VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channelLICENSE STATUS: —OOB_GRACE—ERROR CODE: 0x4004F00CERROR DESCRIPTION: The Software Licensing Service reported that…


How to obtain and use Offscrub to automate the uninstallation of Office products

  Sometimes you cannot uninstall the existing 2003, 2007 or 2010 Microsoft Office suite on your computer by using the Add or Remove Programs feature in Control Panel of Windows XP or the Programs and Features feature in Control Panel of Windows Vista/Win7. To help with this Microsoft has created Fix it utilities at….


How to automate the uninstallation of Office 2007 products via command line

  When automating the removal of Office 2007, we need to call setup.exe to perform the work. Because Office 2007 is a multi-msi based product we cannot use msiexec for the installation, nor the uninstallation of Office 2007. To run Setup.exe to remove a specified Office product from the user’s computer, use the /uninstall…


How to automate the uninstallation of Office 2003 products

  When automating the uninstallation of Office 2003, we can call msiexec to perform the work from a command line. Example syntax: msiexec /x {GUID} /qb *note* You could use /qb for an automated uninstall with a progress bar, or use /qn for a totally silent uninstall. You could also use a /norestart switch to…