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Installing Office 2007 on main server

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My boss wished to access a server that has no TS licensing to do excel work.  He has asked for me to install office 2007 on that server.  He is an administrator and says he should be fine using the admin cal for 2003 r2.  Can you all please give me you opinion and why it is or not a good idea to do?
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Ryan
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by:Jason Watkins
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I think it is a bad idea to use a server in the same capacity as a desktop, when it is interactive or through a console.  Why doesn't he just run Excel on his desktop computer?

If your server is running Microsoft Exchange Server, installing MS Office with Outlook will create a MAPI profile.  That is a very bad idea for an e-mail server t ohave an Outlook-configured MAPI profile.
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He somehow needs to get the file to work on it and doesn't want to count on anybody emailing it to him.  He does have excell on his laptop but the files he works on have a few people accessing them locally.

I agree that Outlook is bad but any opnion on why excel would be a bad idea?  Would performance suffer?  I know servers are not geared to run application on the desktop thats why they are severss.  Just looking form a little more information
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A server is designed to provide resources to network clients, and not be the client itself.  Microsoft has really blurred the line in that philosophy with Windows server, because it has a full-fledged GUI, many think it is just a fancy version of Windows.  Servers are not extra computers and they should not be used as such.  If there were some kind of compromise in an excel file, which was placed on the server, it could bring the server down.

I wouldn't suggest it, nor support the decision to do so.
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