Office 365 Deployment Tool ignores part of the config file

I've just installed my Office copy on my new machine using the configuration.xml script I've been using for a long time (just for the record - I validated its structure against current scheme).

Here's my config code:

    <Configuration>
    <Add Channel="FirstReleaseCurrent" OfficeClientEdition="64">
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
    <Language ID="en-us"/>
    <Language ID="pl-pl"/>
    <ExcludeApp ID="OneDrive"/>
    <ExcludeApp ID="Lync"/>
    <ExcludeApp ID="Groove"/>
    <ExcludeApp ID="Access"/>
    <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher"/>
    </Product>
    </Add>
    <Updates Channel="FirstReleaseCurrent" Enabled="TRUE"/>
    <Display AcceptEULA="TRUE" Level="Full"/>
    <Property Value="1" Name="AUTOACTIVATE"/>
    <Property Value="TRUE" Name="FORCEAPPSHUTDOWN"/>
    <Property Value="0" Name="SharedComputerLicensing"/>
    <Property Value="FALSE" Name="PinIconsToTaskbar"/>
    </Configuration>

Surprisingly, for the first time the excluded apps were ignored and the full suite was installed. At the same time other parameters (e.g. channel, icons not pinned etc.) were observed and applied correctly.

I realize I'm using Home version but I used to deploy the ProPlus all times and later it just got activated as home without any issues. 

Thus, I guess what I download and deploy shouldn't matter in this case. Any issues I could have would refer to activation only, which was successful.

Anyone can explain to me why this happened?

Sorry, I don't have an answer to your question. All I can do is provide some links to resources that may lead you to an answer.  The deployment tool was intended primarily for business use and business bundles.

these deployment guides may provide an answer

Office 365 deployment guide - Online guide for Business Deployment
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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh852466.aspx
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You’ve found the Office 365 deployment guide for IT Pros. Explore these links to learn all about how to deploy Office 365 in midsize and enterprise organizations. 

2016 10 24- How to deploy applications with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit - Business

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-deploy-applications-with-microsoft-deployment-toolkit/

Discover how to install applications when deploying devices using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). This illustrated tutorial takes you through the steps.

There are also links to several more articles on the Deployment  

Maybe you can find a link to a person or resource that can help you in this blog:

Office Deployment Support Team Blog (index page)
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http://blogs.technet.com/b/odsupport/
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App Select - Application Selection
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http://blogs.technet.com/b/odsupport/archive/2014/05/14/new-application-selection-feature-offered-with-the-may-2014-update-of-office-2013-click-to-run.aspx

For business users only, offers administrators the ability to customize the installation to select which application to not install.
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Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run

http://searchenterprisedesktop.techtarget.com/tip/New-Office-2013-features-can-help-IT-pros-as-much-as-end-users

Click-to-Run is a streaming and virtualization technology that lets customers download and install Microsoft Office 2013 components from the Internet. Click-to-Run leverages the Office 365 Web-based installer to facilitate the download and installation process. By default, the installation includes the full user interface, with automatic updates enabled. In many enterprises, however, IT needs greater control over Click-and-Run installations than is offered out of the box. That’s where the new Office Deployment Tool comes in.

The tool lets administrators customize Click-to-Run deployments to control how users install Office 2013 products. Administrators can download Office source files to a network share so users don’t have to download the product over the Internet. They can also configure which products and languages can be installed, how installations should be logged, whether Office components should be regularly updated and numerous other settings.

Click-to-Run Customization and Deployment Deep Dive Part 1,2,3

http://blogs.technet.com/b/office_resource_kit/archive/2013/04/17/the-new-office-garage-series-click-to-run-customization-and-deployment-deep-dive-part-1-with-high-g-aerobatics.aspx


http://blogs.technet.com/b/office_resource_kit/archive/2013/04/23/the-new-office-garage-series-click-to-run-customization-and-deployment-deep-dive-part-2-workarounds.aspx

how do I disable certain Office applications from installing. With the MSI you could use the Office Customization Tool to disable components from installing. In Click-to-Run you are installing at a suite or SKU level and to stop people from using them, you would need to first remove shortcuts to the unwanted apps. Then you can use things like AppLocker or similar tools to block executable files from running. If you deploy Office 365 ProPlus with App-V 5 you can prevent applications from installing as part of the Office suite.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/office_resource_kit/archive/2013/04/30/the-new-office-garage-series-click-to-run-customization-and-deployment-deep-dive-part-3-integration-and-automation-with-software-distribution-tools.aspx 

you can disallow user self-installation in the Office 365 Admin Portal and use software distribution infrastructure exclusively to ensure all Office 365 ProPlus installs happen within your LAN.

“Can we put Office 365 ProPlus and Click-to-Run builds in our Windows images?”

Deployment guide for Microsoft Office 2013 - Book

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz/archive/2012/10/22/free-microsoft-ebook-deployment-guide-for-microsoft-office-2013.aspx

Office 2013 CTR Install - Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36778

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219422%28v=office.15%29.aspx 

Using the Office Deployment Tool, an administrator may:

• Download an Office installation source to a network share location
• Configure an installation to use a network share as the installation source instead of the Internet
• Configure an installation to suppress all UI
• Configure the logging for an installations
• Configure whether Office will automatically update or not
• Configure which products and languages to install
• Remove Office Click-to-Run products

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Hello Miko,

Your Office 365 Deployment Tool issue is more elaborate that what is usually answered in the Microsoft Answers forums. It is better suited for the IT Pro audience on TechNet. Please post your question in the Office 365 ProPlus - Planning, Deployment, and Compatibility forum.

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OK, I've finally managed to get only selected applications installed.

But out of the blue, when I activated my product (I use Office 365 Home), the previously skipped applications were added to my installation and I've ended up with the full suite again...

Is there any way to use ODT properly with the Office Home version?

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We're glad to hear that you were able to install the Office apps.

As of this moment, only Office 365 ProPlus is compatible with the Office 365 Deployment Tool. If you have further inquiry, you can post it in the link we provided from the last post.

We're just here if you need further assistance.

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As of this moment, only Office 365 ProPlus is compatible with the Office 365 Deployment Tool. If you have further inquiry, you can post it in the link we provided from the last post.

Are you positive on that? 'Cause I've managed to successfully install the HUP edition last night...

The trick is to download the files first and use some older (e.g. 1607) build as a parameter. Then you got all the files and installation skips the unwanted apps.

It involved a lot of googling and forum posts to figure it out. I believe it's highly advised to make ODT compatible with any Office edition. The default users won't need it anyway and the pros don't necessarily use ProPlus only... Especially at home.

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We appreciate your effort on finding a workaround for using Office 365 Deployment Tool for Office 365 Home. We encourage you to submit your issue using the Feedback Hub.  You can either vote on an existing submission or submit a new issue. When you submit a feedback item we gather additional details and information about your issue that will help determine what’s causing it and address it. Feedback items regularly receive Microsoft responses on the submissions in the Feedback app so you can see what we are doing about your feedback. Please revisit frequently to see the status of your feedback items.

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Can you confirm that the capture event tool will capture useful information during an Office install abend? 

Will the Windows 10 team forward this error information on to the Office team for support, or will they just ignore it. There are many Office errors, especially install errors, that are actually Windows problems. Most commonly network connection errors, but other stuff too, things like Office Service not running.

I'm wondering using the Hub and this capture tool can become a general trouble shooting tool we can recommend to users when they are having problems.

This has the potential to be very helpful with many install errors if people really do get replies from knowledgeable  MS staff (not just MS Support)!

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