Best practices: Assessment for locally managed

The Best Practices Guide includes deployment recommendations and real-world examples from the Office 365 Product Group and delivery experts from Microsoft Services. For a list of all the articles, see Best practices guide for deploying Office 365 ProPlus.

Locally Managed success criteria is to deploy Office 365 ProPlus in a like-for-like fashion, replacing the previous version of Office. Users should get the application set they had before, including Visio and Project, and the existing languages. InfoPath-based LOB applications must continue to work, with minimal user impact and management overhead. Locally Managed only supports 32-bit Office so all users will remain on 32-bit Office.

Assessments results

Size and distribution

  • 5000 employees

  • 3 supported languages

  • Canada, USA, and Germany

  • < 100 travelling users, some who are offsite for extended periods

  • Sites are a main office in each country, limited small offices throughout each country

IT infrastructure

  • Windows 7 64-bit

  • Small group of Mac users, ~25 who users have local administrator rights

  • Mac clients are not managed by client management software

  • All systems have en-us language pack installed with additional languages in CanAm region or pulled by the user

  • Remote Desktop Services and Citrix farm with < 500 users

  • Network bandwidth is sufficient for daily business

  • Users do not have administrative rights on their machines

  • Network is a distributed layout with a small number of high-bandwidth internet interconnection points

Application landscape

  • Office 2010 Volume License (MSI) 32-bit

  • Groups of users using Project 2010 and Visio 2010 32-bit

  • All applications other than Access being deployed

  • Due to legacy Line-of-Business (LOB) applications, InfoPath is required

Cloud infrastructure

  • Office 365 tenant with Azure AD Connect

  • On-Premises Active Directory Federation Services with Single Sign-on (SSO)

  • Exchange Online deployed in production

  • Self-service including installations are not blocked in the portal

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