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Microsoft Volume Licensing On Terminal Server

Posted on 2011-09-15
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Hi, we have Microsoft Office 2007 installed on our Terminal server, the software install is from our Volume licensing for 2007.

All of our laptop users have office 2007/2010 installed under the same program, when accessing into our network onto the TS they will at times use the office package with other applications that are installed on the server.

My question is, do I need separate licensing  to access office 2007 if the users device (laptop) is already licensed?

Have looked at a lot online regarding this but there looks a degree of uncertainty regarding this.

Regards
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Office is licensed per Device, not per user. You do not need to acquire any more Office licenses as long the portable desktops are licensed for the edition, language and version of Office being accessed.

And as far as I know, Enterprise is the only edition that is allowed in a TS enviroment, so the clients needs to have the same edition and language.
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Currently we have Office 2007/10 Pro rolled out, so if you are saying that only enterprise can go on a TS server then none of the main office installs would/should be accessing the TS environment?
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Yes as I was reading the license, you need to have Enterprise innstalled on the clients if they also access Office in a TS enviroment without buying another license for each client.

So in your case, I think it will be cheaper to upgrade all the clients who will access the TS to Enterprise, stick with with Pro for the clients who don't need TS access.
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I am hoping you are wrong, I have a volume licenses that are: Office 2007 Pro and Office 2010 Professional Plus.  To re-license everything would be prohibitive, I have found this on TechNet though...


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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff506201.aspx

Evaluating licensing requirements

To function correctly, remote Desktop Services must be deployed with Microsoft Office a volume license key. In the 2007 Microsoft Office system, installations could be completed on an operating system that had Remote Desktop Services configured, even if a non-volume license key (for example, retail) was used. However, when users started an application, they were presented with the following message:

“This copy of Microsoft Office Program cannot be used on Terminal Server. Please contact your local authorized Microsoft retailer for more information.”

In Office 2010, a setup time check is introduced. If the permissions that are associated with the product key do not allow for Remote Desktop Services, the Setup program is blocked immediately, which indicates that the SKU is not supported on the computer that is running Remote Desktop Services.
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As we don't get any warnings when the TS is accessed and mail/word is used I assume all is possibly well….


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It would appear that using an open license is per user (such is the case with ours), this means that a user can have both a local install of office and access via a TS as long as the versions are the same.

Enterprise is not the only version that can be installed in the Terminal Server, I am in the process now of removeing the 2007 version and installing 2010 pro plus.  As long as my users are all on the same version I am covered with just the one license per user.

Thanks for your assitance in getting to this.
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The enterprise version was not correct and the model can be per user as in my instance meaning I still only had to license once as long as the same version was used.
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