Administering Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 with the Casper Suite

Administering Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 with the Casper Suite
Administering Microsoft
Office for Mac 2011 with the
Casper Suite
Technical Paper
December 2010
JAMF Software, LLC
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Contents
Page 4
Introduction
Target Audience
What’s in This Guide
Important Concepts
Additional Resources
Page 5
Overview
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Requirements
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Deploying and Activating Office for Mac 2011
Uploading the Office for Mac Installer
Deploying Office for Mac
Creating Managed Preferences
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Reporting on Office for Mac 2011
Creating a Licensed Software Record
Updating Inventory
Generating a Licensed Software Report
Generating an Application Usage Report
Creating a Smart Computer Group
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Updating Office for Mac 2011
Uploading an Office for Mac Update
Deploying an Office for Mac Update
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Introduction
Target Audience
This guide is designed for Casper Suite administrators who plan to administer
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 across their environment.
What’s in This Guide
Each chapter in this guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to
perform a different administrative task with the Casper Suite.
Important Concepts
This guide refers to the following Casper Suite-related concepts:
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Package management
Remote deployment (using a policy or Casper Remote)
Imaging
Managed preferences
Licensed software reporting
Application usage reporting
Smart computer groups
Additional Resources
For more information on Casper Suite-related concepts and applications, see
the Casper Suite Administrator’s Guide, available at:
http://jamfsoftware.com/libraries/pdf/products/documentation/Casper_
Suite_8.0_Documentation.pdf
For more information on Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, see the Office for Mac
2011 Administrator’s Guide, available at:
http://mac2.microsoft.com/help/office/14/en-us/admin
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Overview
The Casper Suite provides a solution for Mac administrators who need to
deploy, activate, report on, and update Microsoft® Office® for Mac 2011 across
their environment. This technical paper explains the complete workflow.
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Requirements
The following components are required to complete the instructions in this
guide:
• Casper Suite v8.0 or later running in your environment
• Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, Volume Licensing Edition Installer and
update media
• Access to the JAMF Software Server (JSS)
• Casper Admin
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Deploying and Activating Office
for Mac 2011
Deploying Office for Mac with the Casper Suite involves three steps:
1. Upload the Office for Mac Installer to the JSS.
2. Deploy the installer.
3. Create managed preferences to set preferences for one or more Office for
Mac applications.
Activating Office for Mac is easy and requires no additional work on your
part. Since licensing information is built right into the installer, the software is
activated automatically upon installation.
Uploading the Office for Mac Installer
First, mount the Office for Mac Installer disk image. Then, follow these
instructions to upload it to the JSS:
1. Open Casper Admin and log in using credentials for a JSS administrator
account.
2. Drag the Office for Mac Installer into Casper Admin.
3. Double-click the package in the list of items, and then click the Info tab.
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4. Enter a display name for the package and assign it to a category.
5. Click the Options tab and assign a priority for the package.
The recommended priority for installers is 10. For more information on
choosing priorities, see “Changing Package Attributes” in the Casper Suite
Administrator’s Guide.
6. If you plan to deploy Office for Mac during imaging, select the checkbox
labeled This package must be installed to the boot volume at imaging
time.
7. Type Command + S to save your changes, and then quit the application.
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Deploying Office for Mac
There are several ways that you can deploy Office for Mac. Choose the method
that best fits your deployment needs:
• Remotely, using a policy or Casper Remote
• During the imaging process
• Using the Self Service application
To deploy Office for Mac using a policy:
1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.
2. Click the Management tab.
3. Click the Policies link.
4. Click the Create Policy button in the toolbar.
5. Verify that the option labeled Install or uninstall a package is selected and
click Continue.
6. Follow the onscreen instructions to configure the rest of the policy.
The policy is enforced the next time computers in the scope check in with the
JSS.
To deploy Office for Mac using Casper Remote:
1. Open Casper Remote and log in using credentials for a JSS administrator
account.
2. In the Computers list, select the computers you want to receive the
deployment.
3. Click the Packages tab.
4. In the Packages list, select the checkbox next to the Office for Mac
package.
5. Click Go to initiate the deployment.
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To deploy Office for Mac during imaging:
1. Open Casper Admin and log in using credentials for a JSS administrator
account.
2. Drag the Office for Mac package from the list of packages to the imaging
configuration in the sidebar.
3. Type Command + S to save your changes, and then quit the application.
Office for Mac is deployed the next time you use the configuration to image
computers.
To deploy Office for Mac using Self Service:
See the “Making Policies Available Through Self Service” section in the Casper
Suite Administrator’s Guide.
Creating Managed Preferences
Managed preferences allow you to remotely configure and enforce preferences
for the entire suite of Office applications or each application individually. The
JSS has a number of templates built into its interface that you can use to easily
create and manage these preferences.
Note: Before creating managed preferences, the Management Framework
settings in the JSS must be configured to enable preferences. For more
information on this, see “Managed Preferences” in the Casper Suite
Administrator’s Guide.
1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.
2. Click the Management tab.
3. Click the Managed Preferences link.
4. Click the Create Managed Preference button in the toolbar.
5. Verify that the option labeled Create from template is selected and click
Continue.
6. Scroll down the list to locate the Microsoft settings.
The following settings are currently available:
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com.microsoft.autoupdate2 - Preferences for updating Office for Mac
com.microsoft.Excel - Preferences for Excel
com.microsoft.office - Preferences for Office for Mac
com.microsoft.Outlook - Preferences for Outlook
com.microsoft.Powerpoint - Preferences for PowerPoint
com.microsoft.Word - Preferences for Word
7. Click the disclosure triangle next to the setting you want to view managed
preferences for. For example, click the disclosure triangle next to “com.
microsoft.autoupdate2”.
8. Click Create across from the managed preference you want to enforce. For
example, click Create across from “Update Method”.
9. Modify the display name and description if desired.
10. Choose a level at which to apply the preference from the Apply Setting To
pop-up menu. For more information on managed preference levels, see
“Managed Preferences” in the Casper Suite Administrator’s Guide.
11. Specify a value for the preference. For example, when creating the “Update
Method” preference mentioned in step 8, type “Automatic” to enforce a
setting that applies Office for Mac updates automatically, or type “Manual”
to disable automatic updates.
12. Click the Profiles tab and select the profile(s) you want to assign the
preference to. If you do not have a Managed Preference Profile created,
see “Managed Preferences” in the Casper Suite Administrator’s Guide for
instructions on how to create one.
13. Click Save.
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Reporting on Office for Mac
2011
After deploying Office for Mac, you can use the Casper Suite to track Office for
Mac licenses and report on how much each application is actually used across
your environment. These reports can be used to:
• Remediate clients that do not have Office for Mac installed
• Retrieve licenses from clients on which the software is not being used
• Update Office for Mac applications
You can also create groups of computers based on this information and use
them to scope policies to uninstall or update Office for Mac.
Reporting on Office for Mac involves the following steps:
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Create a licensed software record in the JSS.
Update client inventory.
Generate a Licensed Software report.
Generate an Application Usage report.
Create a smart computer group.
Creating a Licensed Software Record
To track license usage across your environment, create a licensed software
record that stores the number of licenses owned by your organization and
other licensing information in the JSS.
1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.
2. Click the Settings tab.
3. Click the Licensed Software Management link.
4. Click the Licensed Software from Template button in the toolbar.
5. Click Create across from the “Office for Mac 2011” template.
6. Click the Licenses tab and click Add License.
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7. Enter the serial number(s) for the product.
8. Enter the number of licenses owned by your organization.
9. Click Store License to store the license information.
10. Click Save.
Updating Inventory
To generate accurate reports, the JSS must contain up-to-date inventory
information for computers that have Office for Mac installed. The quickest way
to update inventory is using the Casper Remote application. Casper Remote
allows you to immediately generate inventory reports from all computers that
have Office for Mac installed.
1. Open Casper Remote and log in using credentials for a JSS administrator
account.
2. In the Computers list, select the computers that have Office for Mac
installed.
3. Click the Advanced tab.
4. If the New Package pane appears, click Cancel.
5. Select the checkbox labeled Update Inventory.
6. Click Go.
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Generating a Licensed Software Report
Generating a Licensed Software report allows you to view the following
information about the licenses owned by your organization:
• Number of licenses owned
• Number of licenses in use
• Computers on which the licenses are installed
1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.
2. Click the Inventory tab.
3. Click Licensing above the search field.
4. Leave the search field blank and click Search Licensing, or type the Enter
key.
Generating an Application Usage Report
Application usage reports go one step beyond licenses tracking by allowing
you to report on who is actually using a piece of software.
In addition, you can use this information to create groups of computers that
have Office for Mac installed but not in use. These groups can be used to
reclaim valuable licenses for deployment elsewhere in the organization.
To generate an Application Usage report:
1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.
2. Click the Logs tab.
3. Click the Application Usage Logs link.
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4. Choose a date range for the report.
5. In the list of licensed software, locate “Microsoft Office for Mac 2011” and
click the View Usage link across from it.
This displays a list of end users who are using Office for Mac and how often
they use it.
To reclaim unused licenses for Office for Mac:
1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.
2. Click the Logs tab.
3. Click the Application Usage Logs link.
4. Choose a date range for the report.
5. In the list of licensed software, locate “Microsoft Office for Mac 2011” and
click the View Usage link across from it.
6. Click the Unused Licenses tab.
7. Deselect the checkbox next the computers you do not want to include in
the group.
8. Verify the group name in the Create Group field.
9. Click Create Computer Group.
10. Use the Policy Assistant to create a policy to uninstall Office for Mac,
assigning the group that you just created as the scope.
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Note: To uninstall a package, the package must be indexed and have
the Allow Uninstall option selected in Casper Admin. For complete
instructions on how to meet these requirements and create a policy to
uninstall software, see “Indexing Packages,” “Changing Package Attributes,”
and “Uninstalling Packages” in the Casper Suite Administrator’s Guide.
Creating a Smart Computer Group
Smart computer groups can be used whenever you need to deploy updates
to Office for Mac. These groups allow you to automatically include computers
in the group based on their latest inventory report and any criteria that you
specify for the group.
The following example shows how to create a smart computer group for
computers that are already running Office for Mac 2011 and need to receive
the 14.0.1 update.
1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.
2. Click the Management tab.
3. Click the Smart Computer Groups link.
4. Click the Create Smart Group button in the toolbar.
5. Enter a name for the group. For example “Office for Mac 2011 Needs
Updates”.
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6. In the list of categories, click the Add (+) across from Software
Information.
7. Click Licensed Software in the list of items.
8. Click Browse(...) across from Licensed Software.
9. Click Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 in the list of choices.
10. Click Add (+) across from Licensed Software and click Application Title.
11. Choose “has” from the Application Title Search Type pop-up menu.
12. Type the application title in the Criteria field. For example, type “Microsoft
Word.app”.
13. Click Add (+) across from Application Title and click Application Version.
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14. Choose “is not” from the Application Version Search Type pop-up menu.
15. Type the version number of the update in the Criteria field. For example,
type ”14.0.1” .
16. Repeat steps 8-12 for the Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook applications.
17. Click Save.
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Updating Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft releases updates to Office for Mac in the form of Apple installer
packages. These updates can be obtained from Microsoft at:
http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads
Using the smart computer group that you created in the previous section, the
Casper Suite can deploy Office for Mac updates to computers that do not have
the most current version of the software. By combining the robust capabilities
of a smart computer group with a policy, you can ensure that updates are
deployed to computers that are currently managed and to new computers as
they are added to your inventory.
This section explains how to update Office for Mac in two steps:
1. Upload an Office for Mac update to the JSS.
2. Deploy the update.
Uploading an Office for Mac Update
First, upload the update to the JSS using the Casper Admin application.
1. Open Casper Admin and log in using credentials for a JSS administrator
account.
2. Drag the Office for Mac Update Installer into Casper Admin.
3. Double-click the package in the list of items, and then click the Info tab.
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4. Enter a display name for the package and assign it to a category.
5. Click the Options tab and assign a priority for the package.
The recommended priority for updates is 11. For more information on
choosing priorities, see “Changing Package Attributes” in the Casper Suite
Administrator’s Guide.
6. If you plan to deploy the update during imaging, select the checkbox
labeled This package must be installed to the boot volume at imaging
time.
7. Type Command + S to save your changes, and then quit the application.
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Deploying an Office for Mac Update
There are several ways that you can deploy an Office for Mac update. Choose
the method that best fits your deployment needs:
• Remotely, using a policy or Casper Remote
• During the imaging process
• Using the Self Service application
To deploy an Office for Mac update using a policy:
1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.
2. Click the Management tab.
3. Click the Policies link.
4. Click the Create Policy button in the toolbar.
5. Verify that the option labeled Install or uninstall a package is selected and
click Continue.
6. Select the update you want to deploy and click Continue.
7. Verify the tasks that the policy will run and click Continue.
8. Select the smart computer group that you created in the previous section
and click Continue.
9. Follow the onscreen instructions to configure the rest of the policy.
To deploy an Office for Mac update using Casper Remote:
1. Open Casper Remote and log in using credentials for a JSS administrator
account.
2. In the Computers list, select the clients you want to receive the
deployment.
3. Click the Packages tab.
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4. In the Packages list, locate the Office for Mac update and select the
checkbox next to it.
5. Click Go to initiate the deployment.
To deploy an Office for Mac update during imaging:
1. Open Casper Admin and log in using credentials for a JSS administrator
account.
2. Drag the Office for Mac update from the list of packages to the imaging
configuration in the sidebar.
3. Type Command + S to save your changes, and then quit the application.
The Office for Mac update is deployed the next time you use the configuration
to image computers.
To deploy an Office for Mac update using Self Service:
See the “Making Policies Available Through Self Service” section in the Casper
Suite Administrator’s Guide.
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