install without login

Hi All,

We are trying to install office 365 onto workstations.

Manual push of the uninstall and install bundles works properly.

We created a bundle to uninstall the existing office installation reboot then login and install the new version office.

Uninstall and reboot works as expected. Install after reboot is failing.

The installation files are stored locally on the workstations local disk. The scripts being called a batch files.

We tried to run the install without logging in after the reboot using the secure user option. This failed. Dynamic administrator also failed. We need to be able to login after reset as we don't the users password and the user may not be available to login after the restart.

Am I missing something ?

 

Julian

 

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  • Hi,

    I would use the SYSTEM User to perform the afterward installation: since the files are stored locally and you don't need network mapped drive, the System User should do everything stright away.Did you try to check the event viewer after the restart to see if there are issues Zenworks related? 

    When I had a similar issue in the past, I also solved it by putting  a delay of 10/20 seconds after the login. You might try also this solution

  • Sorry, just noticed that you want to perform this WITHOUT user login, but I would still use System user, and maybe try to put some kind of delay *between* the restart and the install of the Office setup... Maybe the network is not yet up when the bundle should execute and fails?

  • See - https://www.wincert.net/microsoft-office/how-to-install-office-365-using-offline-installer/

    There is not any reason why a user would need to be logged on.  Make sure you tweak the config files to auto-accept anything.

    DAU and SYSTEM should work.

    You may want to collect Office Install Logs (Not ZEnworks Logs) of when it tries to run w/o a user logged in.

  • Hi!
    Probably late answer/reply, but, anyway. Yes, starting Office install from local disc seems to be most reliable way to accomplish this. Also update(s).
    (1) Have Office setup repository on network which is updated weekly, running Bundle on some device by Schedule. Setup.exe /download etc.
    (2) During setup/update Office files is copied onto device. (During update it’s done regularly using Bundle, in our case on every Wednesday’s morning when devices are set to WOL.)
    (3) Yes, as Mr. Craig pointed, setup on device is done using setup.exe /configure. (Before that, all xml’s needed is also set on network and copied down to device with all other setup files. Sure, this can be done also separately.)
    And all this is run using System account, no need for user to be logged in etc.
    Terv, Alar.

    05.03.2019 15:55 Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019 x64 wo Outlook, OneNote 16.0.11328.20146 install connection to repo
    05.03.2019 15:57 Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019 x64 wo Outlook, OneNote 16.0.11328.20146 install
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    22.07.2020 06:11 HomeBusiness2019Retail 16.0.12527.20720 update connection to repo (<repo>)
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    22.07.2020 06:12 HomeBusiness2019Retail 16.0.12527.20720 update copy from \\<repo>\Microsoft\O2K16\C-to-R\Office\Data\16.0.12527.20880 to C:\OFFup
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