Considerations Deploying Microsoft Teams Client

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Currently a lot of customers are deciding to deploy Microsoft Teams in their environments, they know that Microsoft Teams is going to replace Skype for Business online, so they need to be ready.

The first thing that we have to be aware being a consultant is in which environment we are moving:

Client requirements, we have three options:

  • Web: Almost functional in all browsers, has some limitation in videocall mode
  • Application: Fully functional, it supports: audio, video and chat.
  • Mobile: Allow users to have conversations, calls/video on mobile data

Browser requirements

  • Web: Edge: 12+, Internet Explorer: 11+, Chrome: 51.0+, Firefox: 47.0+, Safari
  • Application: Windows 7+ (7, 8, 8.1, 10), Both 32 & 64 bit, Mac OSX 10.10+
  • Mobile: Android 4.4+, iOS (iPhone y iPad) 10+, Windows Phone 10.0.10586+

License required

Is it necessary to have enabled the license in the O365 portal, does not have the license enabled, won’t be possible to have access to Microsoft Teams.

Considetarions before deploying Microsoft Teams

The client is always installed in the user profile, %userprofile%\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\Teams. So this is not an ideal situation. It means we have to run the installer for every user that logs on.

Downloading the Microsoft Teams Client

Before we create a deployment script, we first need to download the client. There are two versions available:

  • Normal installer for Windows and Mac. You can download these at Microsoft. The setup.exe only comes with the basic switches for silent install.
  • There is also an MSI package available for Windows. This package is suitable to use with a deployment program like PDQ or SCCM and can also be used with a GPO. You can download the Microsoft Teams 32bit Client MSI file here and the 64bit Client here.

Using the Setup.exe Package

The Microsoft Teams Setup.exe installer only comes with a silent install or silent uninstall switch. You can install it by PowerShell:

Teams_windows_x64.exe -s

Uninstall Microsoft Teams

You will be aware that it is not possible to uninstall Teams in the “classic” mode, so the only way that we have is to uninstall it by CMD or by PowerShell

#cmd

%programdata%\%username%\Microsoft\Teams\Update.exe –uninstall -s

#PowerShell

Start-Process -filePath “$($env:programdata)\$($env:username)\Microsoft\Teams\Update.exe” -ArgumentList “–uninstall -s

Other considerations to take into account, will be bandwidth, audio, video, etc..

I think that this is all, till next time!

 

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