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Jamf Pro - Detecting Macs with Office 2016 vs 2019 with smart groups

Microsoft Office 2016 and 2019 have similar version numbers, but it can be important to distinguish the version to scope your policies correctly. For example, you might want to find all your machines running 2016 so you can upgrade them without touching the ones that are already upgraded. You can create Smart Groups to find machines with 2016, machines with 2019, and machines with no version of Office installed.

Microsoft Office 2016 has version numbers ranging from 15.x up to 16.16.x.

Microsoft Office 2019 started with version 16.17, increasing up to 16.22 and beyond.

Because there is overlap with 16.x, we need to use regular expressions in Jamf to properly determine which version is installed.

Office 2019 Smart Group

  • Create a new Smart Group.
  • Under Criteria, click Add and select Application Title.
  • Configure it to:
  • Click Add again and select Application Version.
  • Configure it to:

    Example image:

Office 2016 Smart Group

  • Create a new Smart Group.
  • Under Criteria, click Add and select Application Title.
  • Configure it to:
  • Click Add again and select Application Version.
  • Configure it to:

Office (any version) Smart Group

  • Create a new Smart Group.
  • Under Criteria, click Add and select Application Title.
  • Configure it to:

Computers without any Office version Smart Group

  • Create a new Smart Group.
  • Under Criteria, click Add and select Application Title.
  • Configure it to:
All of these will only detect Office installations that include Excel. If someone installs only, for example, Microsoft Outlook, it will not be detected properly by these Smart Groups

Contact

If you need assistance creating policies or smart groups, please contact the Endpoint Management team at endpointmanagement@mit.edu.

Related articles

See Jamf Pro - Software Deployment for more information on how to create deployment policies.
See [Jamf Pro - Third-party software patching] for information on deploying new updates as they are released.
See Jamf Pro - Installing and updating Microsoft Office

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April 22, 2019

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