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Server 2008 Remoteapps and licensing

Hi everyone,

I am trying to choose between using Microsoft RDS for RemoteApps or ThinStuff's XP/VS program.  I know that I need to purchase RDS CAL's for each user that will connect, but each user already has Office 2007, which I wanted to uninstall and just use it through remoteapps.  From reading articles, it looks like I'd have to Re-purchase Office 2007 for each user through volume licensing?  That's a huge cost, and they already own a license for each user.  Thinstuff does not require I do this, but they don't have the ability to create an MSI package and install the remoteapps on each PC.  Any thoughts?
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Sean Rhudy
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Darius GhassemCommented:
You are stuck since licensing requires you to use volume licensing for Terminal Server and\or Remoteapp. You can not get around this restriction.

You can setup the ability for each user to connect to their local computer through the RemoteApp server this will allow them to access their Office 2007 that is locally installed on their computer
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Sean RhudyPresidentAuthor Commented:
"You can setup the ability for each user to connect to their local computer through the RemoteApp server this will allow them to access their Office 2007 that is locally installed on their computer "

Can you explain that in more detail?  How would it work from the users pov?
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Darius GhassemCommented:
The users would see their local desktop computer when then connect to the RemoteApp page they would connect directly from their to their local PC
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Sean RhudyPresidentAuthor Commented:
Is there a way to install the rdp with an msi file so I can set the default application for Office file types to be the remoteapp Word, Excel and so on?  You can do this with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, is there a way to do this manually with an MSI builder?
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Darius GhassemCommented:
I'm not sure exactly what you want to do. Can you explain a little more?
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