MS RDS - Office 2010 licensing
Posted on 2013-01-24
I am setting up my first RDS server. It is an existing Windows 2008 R2 server with File services and Application services Roles installed.
I chatted with Microsoft today about MS Office 2010. I was attempting to get part numbers for Office licenses that will work on an RDS server. They informed me that Office is a per device license. I am trying to find out if that is true, and if it applies to my situation.
My users will not be using RDS from the LAN. It is a law firm and the attorneys want to connect remotely to work on documents and e-mail. We presently use LogMeIn, buth they complain about tiny screen resolution (a subject for a different thread).
So... Since we have multiple 2008 servers and one of them is very under utilized, we are wanting to try RDS.
Now, one of the folks wanting remote access has two different desktops and one laptop at home. According to Microsoft, this one user will use 3 Office licenses unless we purchase the Software Assurance.
Is this correct, since the license will be used on ONE device (the server)? I can understand that if I have 5 remote users at one time, I should have 5 Office licenses for the server, but I don't understand this "per device" thing that Microsoft is talking about.
I would like some confirmation and/or insight from someone who has / is doing this presently.