Install Excel on Windows server 2008, 2003, SBS2008?

I would like to install Excel on a couple of my servers.  I am running Server 2008, 2003 and SBS 2008.  I have been told in the past that you should not install Office products on a server.  I have done some searching to see if this is correct but have not been able to find any such documentation.  Can anyone point me to information that would prove if it is or is not ok to install Office products (specifically Excel in this case) on one of the server systems that I mentioned above?

Thank you.
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Dear mainelytrusses,

on you can see which Office version is supported on which OS - including Windows Server OS.

Kind regards,
Dear mainelytrusses,

you may also find more in each of the "System Requirements" listed per Office verion on

Kind regards,
Lucian ConstantinTrainerCommented:
Installing any un-necessary aplication on servers is preffered to have the server as stable & secure as possible, because any application may be a security and stability concern.
Also the "licensing" may be a problem because in general a server is not used for "daily" use with such "destop" applications and that license may not be "fully use"
There are some cases when Microsoft Office applications are needed for some reasons (for example if you have a "server" application that woul generate some documents using Excel DDE) then you have to install that application on the server.

Otherwise I don't see other reasons not to install if you really need it there...

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Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
Outlook is the main piece that caused big issues with SBS 2003, it does not cause a problem for SBS 2008
But it sounds like you're trying to use the server  as workstation and that can be issue.
Are you trying to set up terminal services?
mainelytrussesAuthor Commented:
I am not going to use it as a workstation.  It is going to be used for password and username storage.
Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
Excel is not a great tool for storing passwords, even if you assign a password to the spreadsheet.  I've seen those passwords get corrupted and then youll be locked out
And there is software available for hacking Office app passwords
You'd be better off putting them on a piece of paper and keeping it in your wallet in my opinion...but nothing should be on it to identify what system/computer/domain/ those passwords are for.
At one of my customers, we have it on a printed sheet, sealed in an envelope including the Administrator password.  The office manager has this in the company safe.  If I get hit by a bus...they still have access
Lucian ConstantinTrainerCommented:
Disregarding the fact that storing passwords into a file (does not matter the format) is generally NOT a good ideea, and the fact that you pay for some Excel license that will be used just for this file (I would dare to ask how often will be accessed that file), the answer is YES - you could install Excell on the server without cause problems on that server.
But another question: Why you would install on the server, so loosing some licensed when a more "economic" choice would be to install Excell on the workstation that will connect to that server and that "password" file will be on a share accesible only to the "remote access user" that will needit?... so that administrator will use the Excel license for his usual tasks and for access that "password file" when required and that way no license is required for the server...
mainelytrussesAuthor Commented:
Thank you to everyone for their comments.  I appreciate the input.
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