Dynamically convert MSI versions of Project and Visio to Click-to-Run

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With the latest release of the Office Deployment Tool (ODT) we have implemented a new feature based on customer feedback. It is now possible to make the installation of a C2R product dependent on the previous presence of an MSI-based product. As it works for all products, it is especially helpful when deploying Project and/or Visio to users which had it previously. The feature is known as MSI Condition.


In order to use the new feature, the following prerequisites apply:
• Office Deployment Tool 16.0.11901.20022 or newer
• The feature is intended to be used when an Admin wants to migrate the user from Office/Project/Visio in one pass with one XML.
• If you are not using the Office CDN as an installation source, make sure to have the matching source files in your specified source path.
• MSI Condition will detect 2010/2013/2016 MSI products.


Since the release of RemoveMSI we’ve had the capability for your “first install” to match the MSI version of Office and replace with Office 365 ProPlus. MSI Condition allows an admin to specify a list of MSI Product ID’s along with a Product ID for a Click-to-Run install such as Subscription, Standard Perpetual and Professional Perpetual.


How to use
To use this feature simply add the MSICondition attribute to the Product node as shown in the example below. Once you have created the XML run setup.exe /configure like you would with any other installation process and that’s it


In the past customers created very complex scripting to detect and replace Office products, in some cases running the install up to three times based on the number of previous products detected. We have even seen customers simply ignore Project and Visio and remove everything, then wait for helpdesk to get a call and replace it with the version the end user requested. MSI Condition makes your migration from MSI to C2R flow smoothly with one XML for your deployment which dynamically adjusts to the task at hand.



Please note that the above picture shows a simplified XML(in the image) to just show the concept behind it. For a fully working XML, please refer to the next section.


Sample XML
The following XML will
• install Office 365 ProPlus from Monthly channel, and match the previously installed languages
• install Visio Pro on machines that already have any older MSI version of Visio Pro
• install Project Pro on machines that already have any older MSI version of Project Pro
• remove all older MSI versions of Office, Project and Visio




<Configuration> <Add Channel="Monthly" OfficeClientEdition="64"> <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail"> <Language ID="en-us"/> <Language ID="MatchPreviousMSI"/> <ExcludeApp ID="Groove"/> <ExcludeApp ID="OneNote"/> </Product> <Product ID="VisioProRetail" MSICondition="VisPro,VisProR"> <Language ID="en-us"/> <Language ID="MatchPreviousMSI"/> <ExcludeApp ID="Groove"/> </Product> <Product ID="ProjectProRetail" MSICondition="PrjPro,PrjProR"> <Language ID="en-us"/> <Language ID="MatchPreviousMSI"/> <ExcludeApp ID="Groove"/> </Product> </Add> <RemoveMSI/> </Configuration>




Is this limited to Visio and Project?
No, it is not. The feature will accept any valid product ID for Click-To-Run and any MSI code as a condition. So, you can mix and match to your specific needs you could also build a deployment which installs e.g. Access Runtime for existing users of it:




<Configuration> <Add> <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail"> <Language ID="en-us"/> <Language ID="MatchPreviousMSI"/> <ExcludeApp ID="Access"/>< </Product> <Product ID="AccessRuntimeRetail" MSICondition="AccessRT"> <Language ID="en-us"/> <Language ID="MatchPreviousMSI"/> </Product> </Add> </Configuration>





The Authors
This blog post is brought to you by @Matt Philipenko (OFFICE PFE)  and @Martin Nothnagel , two senior ProPlus deployment experts at Microsoft from the Services organization. We’re looking forward to your questions, feedback and comments below.

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