Microsoft Skype for Business 365
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Author: Paul Cobben
Date: August 8, 2022

Repackaging tips and silent install information for Microsoft Skype for Business 365. This App Tip provides comprehensive details for conducting a silent installation of Skype for Business. It includes additional insights, such as user environment specifics, extra installation parameters, and repackaging tips.


Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync and Office Communicator) is an enterprise software application for instant messaging and videotelephony developed by Microsoft as part of the Microsoft Office suite. It is designed for use with the on-premises Skype for Business Server software, and a software as a service version offered as part of Office 365. It supports text, audio, and video chat, and integrates with Microsoft Office components such as Exchange and SharePoint. In 2015, the software was rebranded from Lync to Skype for Business, co-branding it with the Microsoft-owned consumer messaging platform Skype (which had begun to integrate with Lync in 2013). In September 2017, Microsoft announced that it would phase out Skype for Business Online in favor of Microsoft Teams, a new cloud-based collaboration platform. Support for Skype for Businesses Online ended in July 2021, although a new version of Skype for Business Server will be available with a subscription license.

General Information

Vendor Information


Application Name

Skype for Business

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Setup.exe parameters

MSI Public Properties

Installation Commands

Silent Install Command

setup.exe /configure SkypeforBusiness365.xml

Silent Uninstall Command

setup.exe /configure SkypeforBusiness365_Uninstall.xml

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Repackaging Tips

Configure SkypeforBusiness365.xml
  1. Download the Office 365 Deployment Tool:
  2. Download the officedeploymenttool_x-y.exe to a folder created at (C:/Downloads)
  3. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  4. Navigate to the C:/Downloads folder
  5. Enter the following command to extract the ODT files: officedeploymenttool_x-y.exe /extract:C:/Downloads/SkypeforBusiness365
  6. Press Enter
  7. Select the checkbox to accept the Microsoft Software License Terms
  8. Click Continue
  9. Navigate to C:/Downloads/SkypeforBusiness365
  10. Delete the 3 existing .xml files as we will be creating our own - configuration-Office365-x64.xml - configuration-Office365-x86.xml - configuration-Office2019Enterprise.xml
  11. Navigate to to Configure XML File
  12. Select the Architecture you want to deploy - 32-bit or - 64-bit
  13. Select Products and Apps you want to deploy - Office Suites - Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise or - Microsoft 365 App for Business - Visio - None - Project - None - Additional Products - None - Update Channel - Current Channel - Current Channel (Preview) - Monthly Enterprise Channel - Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel - Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview) - Select Version - Latest - 20XX - 20XX - Turn Apps On or Off to include or exclude them from being deployed - Access (Off) - Excel (Off) - OneDrive (Groove) (Off) - Skype for Business (On) - OneDrive Desktop (Off) - OneNote (Off) - Outlook (Off) - PowerPoint (Off) - Publisher (Off) - Teams (Off) - Word (Off) - Features - Enable or Disable background service for Microsoft Search in Bing
  14. Click Next - Select Primary Language - Match Operating System - Arabic (Saudi Arabia) - Bulgarian (Bulgaria) - Chinese (Simplified, China) - Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan) - Croatian (Croatia) - Czech (Czech Republic) - Danish (Denmark) - Dutch (Netherlands) - English (United States) - Estonian (Estonia) - Finnish (Finland) - French (France) - German (Germany) - Greek (Greece) - Hebrew (Israel) - Hindi (India) - Hungarian (Hungary) - Indonesian (Indonesia) - Italian (Italy) - Japanese (Japan) - Kazakh (Kazakhstan) - Korean (Korea) - Latvian (Latvia) - Lithuanian (Lithuania) - Malay (Malaysia) - Norwegian Bokmal (Norway) - Polish (Poland) - Portuguese (Brazil) - Portuguese (Portugal) - Romanian (Romania) - Russian (Russia) - Serbian (Latin, Serbia) - Slovak (Slovakia) - Slovenian (Slovenia) - Spanish (Spain, International Sort) - Swedish (Sweden) - Thai (Thailand) - Turkish (Turkey) - Ukrainian (Ukraine) - Vietnamese (Vietnam) - Select Additional Languages (If Any) - Select Additional Proofing Tools (If Any)
  15. Click Next - Installation Options - Office Content Delivery Network (CDN) - Local Source - Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager - Show Installation to User (Off) - Shut down running applications (On)
  16. Click Next - Update and Upgrade Options - Uninstall any MSI versions of Office, including Visio and Project (Off) - Uninstall Visio (Off) - Uninstall Project (Off) - Uninstall SharePoint Designer (Off) - Uninstall InfoPath (Off) - For uninstalled MSI versions of Office, install the same languages (Off) - Automatically upgrade to the selected architecture (On|Off)
  17. Click Next - Licensing and Activation - Automatically accept the EULA (On) - Product Key - KMS Client Key - Multiple Activation Key (MAK) - Product Activation - User Based - Shared Computer - Device Based - General Info - Provide your organization name to set the Company property on Office documents - Provide a description for this configuration for documentation purposes
  18. Click Next - Application Preferences (Examples) - Disable First Run Movie (True) - Disable Office First Run on Application Boot (True) - Disable Opt-in Wizard on First Run (True) - Enable Customer Experience Improvement Program (False) - Automatically Receive Small Updates to Improve Reliability (False) - Send Office Feedback (False) - Turn on Telemetry Data Collection (False)
  19. Click Finish
  20. Click Export Button - Select Default File Format Option - Keep Current Option - Office Open XML Formats - OpenDocument Formats
  21. Click OK
  22. Accept the terms in the license agreement on the Export Configuration to XML screen
  23. Set the File Name to SkypeforBusiness365
  24. Click Export
Configure SkypeforBusiness365_Uninstall.xml
  1. Open Notepad or your favorite text editor
  2. Add the following lines: <Configuration> <Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="TRUE" /> <Property Name="FORCEAPPSHUTDOWN" Value="TRUE" /> <Remove> <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail"> </Product> <Product ID="O365BusinessRetail"> </Product> </Remove> </Configuration>
  3. Save the file to C:/Downloads/SkypeforBusiness365 and name it: SkypeforBusiness365_Uninstall.xml



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