Considerations to understand for a user-driven deployment (Video)
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In this course, you’ll look at deploying Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise and you will explore the difference between user-driven and centralized deployments.


So, we've seen that Microsoft 365 apps can be installed in two different ways. First of all, users can do it themselves. Secondly, the IT administrators can set up the system and have the apps deployed automatically. But what are the advantages of a user-driven deployment? Well, the first one and the main one is it gives us flexibility. Users can choose to install the product as and when needed. For example, if they're working from home and suddenly realize they need to have Word on a computer they've not used before, they can just choose to install it right now, and within a few minutes, the product will be available to them. But of course, there's also going to be some limits to a user-driven deployment, and the first limitation is that they administrators don't have any control over which devices this product has been installed on. Secondly, there's no customization. Each time we do a user-driven installation, the entire product suite will be installed on your computer. and thirdly, not necessarily a disadvantage, but something to bear in mind, is when we do a user-driven deployment, both the initial installation and subsequent updates will always be done directly from the internet. Finally, the third thing that we need to bear in mind about a user-driven deployment is any limitations, and the first is, naturally, that in order for a user to do a user-driven installation, they've got to have a valid license. 


So, this will be a valid Office 365 account that has Microsoft 365 apps included as part of it. But the biggy, and the one that's going to probably prevent a lot of users being able to do this is the user will also require local admin rights on the computer they're installing Microsoft 365 apps on. Now, this is probably not an issue on any computers that they own at home, but it will probably limit them from installing it on corporate computers. So, there can be benefits to allowing our users to install this product themselves, they have a lot of flexibility. There are limitations, we don't have so much control, and the big downside is that the user will require to have local administrative rights. So, that probably stops them installing it on corporate computers.


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