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Deploy across the enterprise

Large organizations may not want to deploy the ArcGIS Maps for Office add-in to each computer on their network individually. To support large-scale deployments, ArcGIS Maps for Office includes options for installation from the command line. Automated deployment solutions can be built using these command line options. For example, if your organization wants to use Portal for ArcGIS as the default ArcGIS connection, you can set the CONNECT_TO parameter to your Portal for ArcGIS URL. If you use this setting when you deploy across the organization, all computers will use your Portal for ArcGIS.

Before you begin, be sure that required software is properly installed and configured.

To install from the command line, do the following:

  1. Open an administrator command line terminal.
    • For Windows versions earlier than Windows 8, click Start > Run, type cmd, and click OK.
    • For Windows 8, press the Windows key on the keyboard and type cmd. Right-click cmd.exe and choose Run as administrator.
  2. Navigate to the folder containing the ArcGIS Maps for Office executable file and type the following command:
    /msicl "CONNECT_TO=" 
    /msicl "FORCEINSTALLPREREQ=true" 
    /msicl "ESRIMAPSWEBROOT="  
    /msicl "ESRIMAPSWEBPROXY=/proxy"
    /msicl "ENABLEUSERFEEDBACK=true"
  3. Press Enter.

The command shown above includes all the available configuration options. Some parameters are mandatory; others are optional. If you do not want to change an optional default configuration, you do not need to include it in your command.

Available options are the following:

  • CONNECT_TO—This parameter is mandatory. The value for this parameter is either, the URL to your ArcGIS Online organization, or the URL to your Portal for ArcGIS instance. Change this value to point to the appropriate location.

  • FALLBACKTOCLOUDRESOURCES—This parameter is mandatory. If your organization uses Portal for ArcGIS, the resources must be installed on the same system as the portal. Setting this parameter to true allows users to work with ArcGIS Maps for Office if the resources are not available on your portal and the user has Internet connectivity. The default value is false.

  • FORCEINSTALLPREREQ—The ArcGIS Maps for Office installer checks if required software is installed on the system. If this parameter is set to true, prerequisites are installed before installing ArcGIS Maps for Office. If set to false, the installation process aborts if required software is not found. The default value is true.
  • CHECKFORSOFTWAREUPGRADE—If set to true, the installer verifies if a new version of ArcGIS Maps for Office is available. If you don't want to check for upgrades, set this value to false. The default value is true.
  • FORCEUSERAPPCONFIGUPDATE—When you use ArcGIS Maps for Office for the first time, custom configuration files are written to your roaming directory. These files hold configurations for custom location types, ArcGIS connection settings, and more. These settings are left in place during upgrades to new versions of ArcGIS Maps for Office. To reset these files to the default settings (or the settings specified during the installation), set this parameter to true. By default, this parameter is set to false for silent installations.
  • ESRIMAPSWEBROOT—This parameter specifies the location of the JavaScript files used by ArcGIS Maps for Office. By default, this is set to when the ArcGIS connection is either or the URL of your ArcGIS Online organization.

    If your organization uses Portal for ArcGIS version 10.3 or later, the default value is the location on the portal machine where required JavaScript files are written during installation of the ArcGIS Maps for Office resources (see Work with Portal for ArcGIS).

    If your organization uses Portal for ArcGISversion 10.2.2 or earlier, or if your portal is behind a firewall, you may need to host the files on a server on your local network. Follow the instructions to configure ArcGIS Maps for Office in a disconnected environment and use this parameter to point to the files on your local network.

    If your ArcGIS connection is either, the URL to your ArcGIS Online organization, or the URL to a Portal for ArcGIS instance version 10.3 or later, it is recommended that you use the default parameter value (do not specify this parameter in your command).

  • ESRIMAPSWEBPROXY—Older browsers sometimes need to use a proxy to avoid errors related to Cross Origin Resource Sharing (CORS). Normally, this proxy is hosted by Esri on ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS and, in most cases, you do not need to change the default value. The only time this value should be changed is if ArcGIS Maps for Office will be connecting to Portal for ArcGIS and you want to host the proxy in a custom location. In that case, use this option to point ArcGIS Maps for Office to your custom proxy location.
  • ENABLEUSERFEEDBACK—If set to true, enables the Esri User Experience Improvement program, allowing the program to send anonymous information to Esri . By default, this parameter is set to true; to disable user feedback, set this parameter to false.