Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:53 AM
- Client needs 1 Windows 2008 R2 Server and 8 Thinclients to access it
- 2 thinclients need to use Office 2010 Professional
- 4 thinclients need to use Office 2010 Standard
- 2 of them will not use Office
Is it possible to buy only the licences i need?
How do i install 2 different versions of Office in Windows 2008 R2 Server?
How do i separate the users to make them use the correct version of Office? (group polices, if so, how do i do it?)
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:03 PM
Hi, it seems like you have a combination licensing + technical questions there! :)
Talk to a reseller or MS Volume Licensing for the best advice:
Office Pro is a retail product (I guess you meant Pro and not ProPlus?)
Office Standard is only available via Volume Licensing, and it's a minimum of 5
Office is licensed on a per-device basis (in your example that is how many thin clients will have access to run it)
Office is not licensed on a concurrent-usage basis. If a client *can* run it, then that client device must be licensed for it
Assuming you are going to offer Office to the thin clients via RDP (published desktop or published app), you would probably use AD groups but not GPO to restrict access
It might be simpler (both technical and also licensing) to buy Office Standard x 8, and add MSAccess x 2 (if that's why you think Pro is needed), then you can have a simple installation on the server and restrict MSAccess to only the 2 licensed devices.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:29 PM
thanks for the fast reply!
do i need to buy one to my server also, buying 9 Office Standard licences instead of 8?
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 9:15 AM
if you will not use Office at the server console, not use Office executing on the server as a server-side process (e.g. the server generates documents), then no license is needed for the server.
e.g. the server has Office installed, but only for serving Office applications to client devices, no license needs to be assigned/purchased for the server itself.
This is detailed in the EULA or MSLT or PUR document (whichever of these applies to your product/agreement).
You should verify your specific situation with a reseller or MS Licensing team.
- Marked As Answer by Max MengMicrosoft Contingent Staff, Moderator Tuesday, August 07, 2012 1:57 AM