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Download files for Office 2019 for volume license installation

I'm getting frustrated with Microsoft's volume licensing for Office 2019. In the past, you could simply download the installation files / iso to install the software on your system. Now they are using the click and run deployment option and when I try to use their 2019 ODT installer, it requires IIS and other things to make it work. Is there just anyway to get the installation files so I can create a target on my server and install the software? I'm happy to insert the product key just like you previously did.

Thanks in advance for the assist with this.

Bill
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Distinguished Expert 2019
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Understand your frustration. IIS is not required. Just set the UpdatePath to Office CDN.

It took me 3 hours to study and finish the deployment of Office 2019 Standard volume licence.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/office2019/deploy

Is there just anyway to get the installation files so I can create a target on my server and install the software?

No. You need to create the xml file and insert your MAK product key within the xml file.
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Can you install it using the preconfigured XML as described here?

https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2164757-office-2019-no-msi-to-install-how-do-i-install-it

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Jackie / MASQ

I tried the solutions and created an xml file as follows:
<Configuration>
  <Add
       SourcePath="C:\office extract\files"
         OfficeClientEdition="64"
         Channel="PerpetualVL2019"
         AllowCdnFallback="True">
      <Product ID="Standard2019Volume" PIDKEY="#####-#####-#####-#####-#####" >
         <Language ID="en-us" />
      </Product>
     
  </Add>
  <RemoveMSI All="True" />
  <Display Level="Full" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />  
</Configuration>

When I run the setup.exe as setup.exe /download configuration.xml I get a popup for command line help. (please see attachment) and the /download switch isn't listed as a valid switch.

Am I doing something wrong with this?

Thanks for the help along the way with this.

Bill

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And I'm just curious... is it possible to just purchase a retail copy of Office 2019 and install it from there using the volume license key?
Jackie Man IT Manager
Distinguished Expert 2019

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is it possible to just purchase a retail copy of Office 2019 and install it from there using the volume license key

No.

Retail copy of Office 2019 has a different method for setup.
Jackie Man IT Manager
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<Add
       SourcePath="C:\office extract\files"

The above means you have already downloaded the setup files.

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Looks like I have the files. I'll be onsite at the client's this morning and will give it a try.

Thanks,

Bill
Jackie Man IT Manager
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FWIW can you attach the CMD window screenshot you described above?
"When I run the setup.exe as setup.exe /download configuration.xml I get a popup for command line help"
Although as Jackie says it sounds like the download switch for the XML file has worked.
You should have a couple of GB in the destination folder as .exe files.

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Thanks for the help with this. Between the two sets of posts and a little help from an xml creation tool for the deployment tool (https://deployment.hung1001.com/office-2019/), I finally got it working.

Still ticked at Microsoft for making us jump through these hoops just to install their software. It's so unnecessary...

Thanks again,

Bill