Improve Install options - Install for all users and install location
I would like to be able to install for all users of a PC via and MSI, the current installer installs into the users Appdata which means each user has to install manually.
I would like to see a "proper" installer than loads it to Program Files for all users
Good news, this feature request has been completed.
You can find details on MSI installation instructions at: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/msi-deployment
You can find details on SCCM instructions at: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/understand/introduction
Thank you all for the feedback and support.
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Niels de Jager commented
Any update or timeline?
Joar Guttormsen commented
Any update on this?
Tyler Payne commented
We would like to install this in computer labs. An msi installed would be a great help.
Any update regarding this?
Please can you let use know when we might expect this solution. This issue really does make Teams extremely difficult to implement, especially in an education environment where users sometimes move between multiple computers several times a day.
It's been 3 months since this was updated. Judging by contempt in the guest access thread this less popular but equally important change is never going to happen.
Might as well give up now folks and lock in Slack as your path forward.
Jason Gould commented
Hey Teams group, sure hope you are listening to this issue. It's sort of a big one. Until this is resolved there is no way we can move off Skype.
Please hurry up with this. Getting to the point of looking at alternatives.
Has an update been provided for when the MSI will be released? We would like to deploy this to our users automatically via Intune.
Andrew Williams commented
We have users here that want to run Teams on their VDI sessions, which use mandatory profiles and do not store the user's AppData. We've fudged an "installation" to Program Files as the AppData folder cannot be appstacked, but this does lead to some annoying bugs and doesn't update properly.
The current installation method runs counter to Microsoft's own best practice guidelines, and there is really no logical sense behind it. Until a proper installer exists for this application, it isn't suitable for our needs.
Steve Plemmons commented
Has anything happened with this? I need to install Teams on Remote Desktop Services hosts and don't want every user to have to install. Let alone all the wasted storage.
It sounds like the solution is to run the MSI which will then "smartly" install for each user into their AppData folder on login.
That is quite obviously *not* what the OP asked for.
They (and most commenters here) are asking for Teams to install into Program Files, like 99% of Microsoft applications do.
"Smartly" installing into AppData is not what your customers are asking for.
Dwight Brenner commented
Even if the installer could be rolled into the Office 365 Pro Plus package, that would be better than forcing an install to AppData. An MSI package would be ideal.
Another +1 for a per-machine installation that runs out of Program Files. C:\Program Files is for program files. %AppData% is for application data. Simple!
My real scenarios are:
1) my client has a Citrix environment, where bare-minimum data from the user profile is kept between sessions. Usual app data is OK. Adding another 300MB per user profile will increase their storage requirements greatly. And further increase logon times.
2) numerous clients block all *.exe that is located in %AppData%, as it's a security risk / allows unapproved software in an enterprise
3) managing/tracking installed software is near impossible when you have different versions for different users
4) installations/updates have to be done while the user is logged on - this stops SCCM from installing the software during OS deployment, or maintenance outside business hours.
I am also surprised to see Microsoft haven't made an admin install option available by default, especially being an Office 365 product marketed to the education sector. Deploying this product with the current installer is proving to be quite a headache. An ETA would be appreciated.
Is there an ETA? The current installer is ill-suited for deployment.
We have strong policies in place which restrict the ability of users running an exe file. Only exe files in Program Files and Program Files (x86) are allowed (and users are unable to navigate to these two folders). This is a very effective way of preventing unwanted software and viruses from being run. Programs should not be launched from AppData!! Confirm that when the MSI is launched it will put the exe back in Program Files where is belongs?
Yeah.. We need this feature.. When will Microsoft release it?
How is this progressing please ?
Phil Smith commented
Ditto the comment below. We don't allow executables to run from AppData, not will we in the future.
Please give an msi that installs to Program Files, or even better... incorporate it into the Office 365 ProPlus installation package as you've done with S4B.