Thursday, July 23, 2020

Excluding Teams from Office Deployment

Recently I received a request from one of my readers on how to tailor Office deployments and to be specific, how to exclude Teams from deployment configuration file.

Let’s navigate to  https://config.office.com/ from the browser. This is the place from where administrators can manage and deploy office products and subscriptions.

You can see that there are two options on the page: 
  • Create a new configuration 
  • Import your configuration

Here I am going to create a new configuration, but if you have existing configuration, you can import that too and update it based on your business needs.

Once you have entered the Deployment Settings page, there are many options which need to be configured.

Architecture Selection

Select the architecture for which we are creating a deployment:







Office Suite Selection

Next is to select the Office Suite:









Version Selection

Next is to select the version which we want to deploy:






App Exclusion

Now comes the most important part, wherein we are going the exclude the apps which we do not want to export as part of our deployment script:










Language Selection

Next mandatory parameter is the to select the primary language:




















File Format Selection

We are almost done. Final step is to export this newly created configuration, and that can be done by clicking on the Export button on top of the page.

As soon as Export button is clicked, another dialog will pop up asking for the file format:
















Accept Licensing Terms

Next is to accept the license agreement and provide a name for the configuration file:

















Export Configuration

Click on Export and deployment file will get downloaded to your machine. Lets open the file and have a look at the configuration settings:













In above image, you can see that Teams is excluded and will no more be part of our Office deployment. 

Happy Deployment.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Acessing Azure DevOps By Using PAT


You may have come across a requirement, wherein you needed to update Azure DevOps objects programmatically and it is obvious that there must be some authentication mechanism which has to be in place.

Now, there are many methods one can use to authenticate, but for this post, I’ve specifically chosen personal access token. PAT, which is short for Personal Access Token is a way to provide an alternate password to authenticate to Azure DevOps.

To understand more about how to generate this token and how to utilize this, let’s follow certain steps and make a successful REST API call. More...


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Made debut as an International Speaker

Today, I've something good to share. Recently I was given an opportunity to talk in one of the technical conference named 'Lightup Virtual Conference', which was a fund raising event to support UNICEF in order to take a stand against COVID19 and it was organized by C# Corner and The Tech Platform. 

I spoke on a topic 'Azure Bot Services Utilizing LUIS Capabilities' which was a very wonderful experience. Hope recording of the same will be available soon.