Office 2010 Retail Activation in VMware View VDI
Posted on 2014-02-11
We have 10 VMware Horizon View desktops deployed in our VDI infrastructure. They are Windows 8.1 Professional 32 bit machines.
We have Office 2010 retail licenses. I was reading that the best practice for a VDI environment is to use a KMS server, however our Office 2010 licenses are retail, and we are forced to activate the license using our Office 365 subscription email address.
Are there any methods around this? Can we pre-activate the golden master image? We need to prevent Office from de-activating if we recompose the desktops after a master image update. Is there a way to silently activate if we have retail licenses? What's the best course of action given our licensing?