Install centrally and remotely for Outlook Knowledge Base - Enterprise Edition

This article explains the steps required to remotely install for Outlook, Enterprise Edition, via Active Directory, and other desktop management software.

Prior to installing the package, you may customize the installation package to set initial SharePoint sites, favorites, and settings to all users, re-brand the app with your company's name and logo, deploy for a specific user, or to a specific directory.

Read the administration guide for a step-by-step tutorial of installing Outlook for a group of people or for the whole organization.

Before for Outlook can be automatically distributed to client computers or specific users, make sure that:

  • The client computer is connected to the domain.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or later is installed on the client machine.

To install for Outlook on a remote client computer:

  1. Create a Group Policy Object in your domain properties using Active Directory on the server, which will be used to remotely install In the Security tab of the Group Policy Object's properties, select the groups that you want to install to.
  2. In the console tree, open your domain's properties, and from the Group Policy tab, edit the Group Policy Object you created above.
  3. Right-click Computer Configuration > Software Settings > Software Installation and select New > Package.
  4. In the Open dialog box, enter the UNC path to the installation file on a shared network folder. Do not use the Browse button to access the location.
  5. From the Deployment tab, set Deployment type to Assigned, set Installation user interface options to Basic and click OK.
  6. Close the Group Policy snap-in, click OK, and then quit the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.
  7. When the client computer starts, the managed software package is automatically installed.

More details on how to deploy software using Active Directory are available in the Microsoft knowledge base article How to use Group Policy to remotely install software in Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Server 2003.


  • When installing, you must use the Basic user interface option.
  • To install for specific users on a computer, you need to edit the MSI package prior to the remote installation. Follow the instructions in change the installation folder.