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Office 2016 with WSUS

My organization recently installed Office 2016 on a few computers.  We have always used WSUS to deploy all Windows and Office updates, but what I have noticed is that in the Office 2016 installations users will get a yellow update bar to run the updates themselves even though these workstations are pointing to our WSUS server for all updates.  This is also not part of Office 365 at all; just a basic Office 2016 Pro installation.  

Is this behavior by design, and if so, is there a way to force Office 2016 to only look for updates via WSUS instead of online through Microsoft so users don't have to manually run the update themselves and never get prompted like all other prior versions of Office?  

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Adam Brown

8/22/2022 - Mon
Adam Brown

You have to use the Office 2016 ADMX templates and a GPO. It uses a separate update system than Windows Update to check for things, so it has to be configured separately. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49030 has the templates.

That's interesting that Office 2016 can no longer use WSUS for automatic updates.  In your opinion, do you think there are any advantages to manually deploying these updates via GPO?  Doing it that way would maintain some transparency to the end user I guess, but maybe allowing them to run the updates themselves is fine?  I would love to hear anyone's thoughts on this and what they are currently doing to manage these Office installations.
Adam Brown

No, it can still use WSUS, it just doesn't use the Windows Update service to pull updates down.
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William Peck

I guess I didn't read any references to using WSUS still.  Do you know of any resources that describes how to use WSUS with a GPO for Office 2016?  I'm a little confused as to how the deployment works if I still wanted to utilize WSUS.
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