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How many Office license for my terminal server if I can have 150 remote clients simultaneously accessking the Terminal Server?
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Only 1 in theory - although you would be best to get a Volume License copy of Office.
Usually the CAL's also allow the usage as part of the licencing.
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Sorry, that's wrong.  If you want 150 connections, you need 150 licenses.  Basically, you need one per CAL.  

Further, you need to understand, Terminal Services/Remote Desktop Services is NOT licensed by concurrent connection.  It's licensed by NAMED device or HUMAN User (meaning you can't create 150 user accounts and have 300 people use them).
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Sorry - should have been more clear. Looking from the perspective of an off the shelf copy of Office (which is bad practice in this case) you can do it but it won't be legitimate.
Best bet is to get Volume Licensing for Office to match the CAL's you have for the server since in practice you have to match licencing frames together for Office, CAL's and if not using Win CE based Thin Clients - Desktops.

Microsoft go through it here:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2010/08/16/licensing-office-on-remote-desktop-services.aspx
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Actually, you can ONLY install the volume license edition on a terminal server.  All other versions won't install (starting with 2007).

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What if you only want to use Office word and excel for reading only, no editing.  Will I still need office licenses?
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You can use the Word and Excel Viewers if that's all you need.

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Thanks leew - haven't done anything but Volume Licensing editions since Server 2003 & Office 2003 so is good to know.

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Thanks

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