Install Office 2010 Pro Plus on Windows Server 2008 running terminal services


  • The microsoft rep indicated that I could download trial version on my W2K8 R2 terminal server and purchase volumn license later.  I'm finding out that this is apparently not the case. The app will not install because the key provided gives me the old "...must use volumn license key edition of office" error.  I thought that I was being provided this volumn license key edition.  I've seen in some of the post that there is a "terminal services enabling" key available if you are a MSDN or TechNet Subscriber.  I am neither.  Does this mean that I can not use the Office product on trail basis and that I must purchase a volumn license to install the "trial" version?
    Mittwoch, 14. März 2012 16:32


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  • Hi,

    there is no trial solution for Office on RDS/TS.

    I suggest you consider purchasing a small number (I think the minimum is 5) of Office2010 via VL.
    In my experience, purchasing via VL automatically offers you several pkeys (KMShost, MAK, TS/RDS).

    with this in place, you can legitimately install on RDS and offer it to your 5 licensed devices.
    when you prove it out, just buy more Office licenses.
    if it doesn't prove out, you have 5 Office licenses that can be used via RDS and/or as a traditional "thick" install on those devices.

    or, buy a Technet or MSDN subscription (but these don't permit multiuser trial/pilot scenarios in the conditions)


    Mittwoch, 14. März 2012 20:38
  • Finally  a straight answer!  I'm not sure why it took 4 days to get one.  I had at least 3 Microsoft reps tell me it should work on RDS/TS. I really don't appreciate my time being wasted. How do I contact someone regarding purchasing/pricing.  I've seen the choices for volumn licensing and it is frankly a bit confusing as there are only a few of us that will need to access software at this time. Other than my RDS licenses, I'm unfamiliar with the application volumn license process. I appreciate the response.

    Tony J Goggins

    Mittwoch, 14. März 2012 21:08
  • Hi,

    VL is a complex topic, mainly because there are many types of agreement, and this is based on your current estate and plans over time.
    Office VL intro:

    You can contact MS Licensing team, but will typically partner with a reseller who will consult and advise you.

    note that the contacts will vary depending on your country/region.
    Also note that very little MS product is licensed on a concurrent/usage basis. In general, if you have a product installed (e.g. anybody *could* launch it) then a license is needed.


    Donnerstag, 15. März 2012 08:57
  • Hello,

    I've spoken to a reseller and an open license cost about $500. If I understand correctly, purchasing the license will provide me with the key I need to install the Office Pro Plus 2010 program I've downloaded?


    Tony J Goggins

    Freitag, 16. März 2012 20:25
  • Hi,

    we don't use Open (we use Select and EA), but as far as I know that should offer the same items via MS VLSC website to you.
    The MS VL team should be able to confirm this is true for an Open agreement.


    Samstag, 17. März 2012 03:09
  • Once I purhased a volumn license, I was able to download Office Pro Plus 2010 and install it on my Win2008 terminal server.  Thx.


    Tony J Goggins

    Montag, 26. März 2012 16:17
  • Hi Tony,

    I am hoping you can help me. I am normally a web design specialist and one of my customers has a Windows Server 2008 R2 which they wanted to update their microsoft office but their current IT provider wanted to charge close to £1000 in order to install this, which they saw as an extortionate amount and isnt within their budget as they only have 10 employees.

    I have successfully installed office onto the administrator console on the server but now all the existing users have lost their outlook shortcuts.

    How do I grant the users access to the new version of the program?

    My second issue is that one of the user has been upgraded to an exchange email account but this couldnt not be added within office and had to be created with the Mail (32 bit) application within the control panel. The administrator has access to this but the users do not, once again how can I grant this access?

    Thank you very much for all of your help in advance I am very grateful.

    Oliver Nicholas BA (Hons) LCGI

    Sonntag, 23. September 2012 18:16
  • Hi Oliver,

    this is the Volume Activation forum. Your technical query may find a better pool of responses in a technical forum, perhaps:

    Other articles which may help you:
    Install Office2010 on RDS:

    Install Ofice2007 on RDS:

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    Sonntag, 23. September 2012 21:40