Office 365 Offline Install
I have recently setup the offline installer for Office 365 Pro Plus and I am about to test it. However I am a little bit unsure how the updates are going to work? I know about the feature updates on the semi annual channel being every 6 months but is this how you get updates as well? Or do they come through Windows Update as normal?
The config file I have created I have told updates to come from the network share which I am presuming will be feature updates on the semi annual cycle? So security updates I presume will be distributed via normal channels?
As we use KACE for our patch deployment so I am assuming this would push out security updates and the offline installer would dish out feature updates?
James, I'm in the same situation as yourself. I made the xml config files and ran the deployment tool with "setup.exe /download", which then saves the binaries locally (about 2GB of files) which I then put on a network share. "setup.exe /configure" does the actual installation while pulling from that share.
I have the same question as you regarding updates. Our K1000 is subscribed to Office 365 updates and I see those patches being downloaded, but they are very small (1MB or smaller) and appear to be bootstrap files that still need to go out to Microsoft to apply each patch. This is problematic in my environment because our firewall blocks certain Microsoft sites -- we don't want our machines being able to patch directly from Microsoft, we want the K1000 to be our sole patching mechanism. And if the Office 365 patches on the appliance still need access to Microsoft in order to apply updates, they will fail.
FYI, as you may know if you "setup.exe /download" it'll always grab the latest version of the binaries. Not helpful for updating deployed machines obviously, but might be a factor in your deployment plans.