Microsoft recently released a new Readiness Toolkit to assess application compatibility for Office. The toolkit can be downloaded HERE.
This blog post describes how I used this toolkit to gather analysis for approx 1500 machines.
- Install the toolkit on a Windows client.
- Create a network share and provide sufficient permissions for each client machine and user. Then copy all of the files from the local installation to the file share.
- Create a new folder in the file share called readiness.
- Add this executable as an exclusion to your endpoint protection service 'Readinessreporter.exe'
- Create a .bat file : '\\fileshare\ReadinessReportCreator.exe -mru -addinscan -output \\fileshare\readiness\ -silent'
- Add the .bat file into a group policy start up script
- After a number of days when client machines have logged on, Their will be a sufficient number of .json files.
- Launch the readiness toolkit and choose the option
'Previous readiness results saved together in a local folder or network share'
- This will then produce the report
This toolkit is very useful for providing a detailed report on add-ins and macros. The most common Office applications that use specific add-ins are Word and Excel. A use case where this type of report becomes critical is for legal organisations that use case management systems or document management systems.