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Office 2010 Retail Activation in VMware View VDI

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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?

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by:Peter Hutchison
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You could use the ospp.vbs script to force activation when booting up your VDI machines.
See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee624350.aspx
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Right - but from what I understand that's only a valid command if you have a MAK or KMS key/server.

Also, we are running Office 2010 (Office 365 retail license)
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To be honest, I would try changing licensing to KMS for this environment otherwise users will have to activate office themselves when using Office.
The other alternative is to use a non-Microsoft Office Suite instead e.g. OpenOffice.
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Do you know if it is possible to ThinApp Office 2010 (Office 365) retail licenses to Windows 8.1?
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No, it will only work with KMS, MAK or other volume licenses:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2828619
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