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  • Question

  • Hi

    We are planning to implement Terminal Server for a large base of users.

    Currently we have retail licenses for Office 2010 for the local client devices. According to Microsoft volume licensing, if we are using office application on terminal server then every device that connects to remote server and uses MS application needs to have open office license. Which means if we plan on using Office 2010 standard on terminal server then we need to buy 300 open office 2010 standard licenses for all the local devices that will connect. The retail licenses we have now for these local machines will be wasted and it will put a huge financial dent in the project and the project might need to be shut down.

    Are there any other alternatives to bypass this situation , in which the retail licenses can be used over terminal server ?

    Regards

    Gurinderdeep Chahil

    Friday, October 10, 2014 7:32 PM

Answers

  • There are two issues to address:

    a) the licensing (permitted use) and this demands that the edition must be matching (there are many different editions of Office)
    b) the technical installation/configuration steps, which are limited, based on the permitted licensing

    OEM editions or Retail editions cannot be installed on RDS (technical block) - because these editions are not permitted to be used in RDS scenarios. The OEM license or Retail license does not grant the right to use via RDS, so, the ability to install these editions is blocked in the software.

    Since there are many editions of Office, and, recently Office365 also released some additional benefits relating to Shared Computer Activation, you really should seek specialist advice from a reputable reseller/partner, this will help you understand all the possible options for choice, and the various step-up or enrollment discounts/offers that may be available to you.
    You may be able to enrol some of your licenses in Software Assurance, and this would allow you to use a VL edition of Office.

    For general information on Volume Licensing of Office in RDS scenarios:
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/briefs/remote-desktop-services.aspx

    MSFT: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/how-to-buy/how-to-buy.aspx


    Don
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    • Marked as answer by Greta Ge Tuesday, October 21, 2014 4:53 AM
    Saturday, October 11, 2014 12:32 AM

All replies

  • There are two issues to address:

    a) the licensing (permitted use) and this demands that the edition must be matching (there are many different editions of Office)
    b) the technical installation/configuration steps, which are limited, based on the permitted licensing

    OEM editions or Retail editions cannot be installed on RDS (technical block) - because these editions are not permitted to be used in RDS scenarios. The OEM license or Retail license does not grant the right to use via RDS, so, the ability to install these editions is blocked in the software.

    Since there are many editions of Office, and, recently Office365 also released some additional benefits relating to Shared Computer Activation, you really should seek specialist advice from a reputable reseller/partner, this will help you understand all the possible options for choice, and the various step-up or enrollment discounts/offers that may be available to you.
    You may be able to enrol some of your licenses in Software Assurance, and this would allow you to use a VL edition of Office.

    For general information on Volume Licensing of Office in RDS scenarios:
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/briefs/remote-desktop-services.aspx

    MSFT: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/how-to-buy/how-to-buy.aspx


    Don
    (Please take a moment to "Vote as Helpful" and/or "Mark as Answer", where applicable.
    This helps the community, keeps the forums tidy, and recognises useful contributions. Thanks!)

    • Marked as answer by Greta Ge Tuesday, October 21, 2014 4:53 AM
    Saturday, October 11, 2014 12:32 AM
  • Hi,

    I agree with Don's suggestion, or you can contact your local customer service center for Volume license.

    Best regards,

    Monday, October 13, 2014 2:39 PM