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#1 2016-08-18 21:09:21

ja827
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Registered: 2016-08-18

Restoring an image + Office 2016 not activated

So I made a master image with Office 2016 volume installed. It never ask me for a product key so all I had to do was agree to terms and next, next and install. After it was done I ran some updates and made the final image for the loaner Laptops. So when I was restoring this image on 4 other macs, i opened up Word and it said that my copy was not activated. I even tried adding it as a package and it still wasnt activated. How did you guys get it working?

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#2 2016-08-22 18:55:06

ja827
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Registered: 2016-08-18

Re: Restoring an image + Office 2016 not activated

any advice would be nice.......

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#3 2016-09-01 19:31:28

rmcken
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Registered: 2008-12-03

Re: Restoring an image + Office 2016 not activated

Not sure about specifics, but I bet this site has an answer:

https://clburlison.com/demystify-office2016/

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#4 2016-09-05 04:38:11

darkmuncan
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Registered: 2014-05-28

Re: Restoring an image + Office 2016 not activated

My advice is don't use 'monolothic' master images for anything, as it can and will screw with software activations.

We have our master as OS only, then install Office2016 + Volume Activation (from VLSC) as seperate package installation steps and have no issues with activations.

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#5 2016-09-06 16:33:00

kdpslider
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Registered: 2015-12-11

Re: Restoring an image + Office 2016 not activated

> darkmuncan wrote:

> My advice is don't use 'monolothic' master images for anything, as it can and will screw with software activations.

We have our master as OS only, then install Office2016 + Volume Activation (from VLSC) as seperate package installation steps and have no issues with activations.

Same here too.  We had been pushing lab images and with office pushing during the workflow, but then use munki to deploy the volume activation package after initial boots.  The latest Office 2016 volume installer now serializes the copy of office and post imaging will remove it.  If your microsoft manager downloads the latest build, you should see a volume activation package in the dmg too.

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#6 2016-09-06 21:32:21

Meat
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From: SF CA US
Registered: 2009-02-04

Re: Restoring an image + Office 2016 not activated

You should be able to run the volume license activation package as a postponed install task. That is how we are doing it.

The Office 2016 suite, being fairly large, makes sense as a master image install. It takes quite a bit less time to image a machine to completion that way.

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#7 2016-09-16 00:02:37

AlexPilon
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Registered: 2016-04-12

Re: Restoring an image + Office 2016 not activated

> ja827 wrote:

> So I made a master image with Office 2016 volume installed. It never ask me for a product key so all I had to do was agree to terms and next, next and install. After it was done I ran some updates and made the final image for the loaner Laptops. So when I was restoring this image on 4 other macs, i opened up Word and it said that my copy was not activated. I even tried adding it as a package and it still wasnt activated. How did you guys get it working?

I had the same issue at some point with Office 2016 VL.
The thing is that Microsoft changed how Office 2016 VL is activated without telling anyone.

At first when Office 2016 VL was released, it was a simple PLIST file that had the activation info, and it was computer-agnostic, so you could basically copy it from computer to computer without any issues.

At some point (I think around version 15.20 or something), they changed the PLIST activation file to include computer-specific information...so transferring your PLIST file from one Mac to another made it useless.

At the same time though, they released, bundled with the Office 2016 VL download from the Volume Licensing website, a small PKG file that applies the volume licence on the specific computer.

So basically, here's what you have to do:

Install Office 2016 in your deployment OS, but remove the licence file being applied (the file is located here: Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.office.licensingV2.plist). Import in your DS Package folder the PKG file I talked about, and integrate it in your deployment workflow.

Been doing this for a few months already and it's been working like a charm :)

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#8 2016-10-24 12:31:16

CherylT
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Registered: 2009-10-02

Re: Restoring an image + Office 2016 not activated

I run the Microsoft_Office_2016_VL_Serializer.pkg as a post restoration package install through DS and it is working very nicely.

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#9 2017-11-16 21:03:12

smr1619
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Registered: 2015-02-19

Re: Restoring an image + Office 2016 not activated

- I know this is an old topic, but we're currently moving away from Office 365 and just using Office 2016.  I currently have the 365pkg in the workflow to install towards the end.  After reading about Office 2016 Microsoft_Office_2016_Volume_Installer.pkg, it mentions that this might need to be installed after the fact.  Would there be any issue with licensing if I just switch this pkg with old 365 pkg workflow?

Thanks in adavanced

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