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Is it possible to use Office 2010 "Standard" with Windows RDS 2012?

Also, Is it possible to use "two factor authentication" on the logon screen for RDS 2012.
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by:Neil Russell
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As to the RDS Office licence question. Your best answer will come from reading IN FULL the following.
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/briefs/remote-desktop-services.aspx

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by:okorsal
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Actually, this document doesn't mention that "Standard" version can or cannot be used. I've already looked at this document before. This doc refers to licensing than actual software compatibility.
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by:it_saige
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I, personally, have not tried it, but don't see any reason why it cannot function on Windows Server 2012 as a Remote Desktop Application.  The only Office version that I know of that is not compatible with Windows 8/Server 2012 is Office 2003.

As to the question about "two factor authentication".  Have you looked at this blog entry:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/cbernier/archive/2013/12/02/multi-factor-authentication-the-simple-way.aspx

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by:Cliff Galiher
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You cannot use Office Standard on an RDS server, including 2012. You must use VL for RDS, and Standard is not available through VL. So...no.

Regarding MFA, there is nothing unique to RDS here. The only built-in MFA solution for windows logon is smartcards. Some devices that have fingerprint readers also include their own GINA extensions to support those, but that is 3rd-party. And yes, you can add 3rd-party MFA support to RDS as well. So as I said, no built-in way.

Now, with that said, the most prominent reason to add MFA to RDS is to allow remote access. And *that* is a different beast. If you implement RDS using best practices, all remote access goes through the RDGateway. And it (and RDWeb) are extensible. You can integrate ADFS, which has the hooks to add MFA easily. You'll still need to look at 3rd-party (such as Azure MFA), but it implements at the access point at the network edge instead of in the windows logon. For most people, that is less intrusive and easier to manage.
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by:it_saige
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@Cliff - Did not even consider the fact that Office 2007 does not offer a standard VL.  Good to know.  Now I do seem to remember a VL for Office 2007 (was it Basic?).

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by:okorsal
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Cliff, I'll have to disagree with you on the Office Std licensing... Fact is, we have it. "Microsoft Office Standard 2010 license Part# 021-09685"

As for MFA: I was thinking of implementing it on RDWeb at the logon prompt. Still Possible?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Read the license agreement. Office Standard *cannot* be legally run on an RDS server, full stop. That is a full paragraph in the agreement and has been since at least Office XP.
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Just got off the phone with Microsoft (1-800-426-9400) (Which I should have done in the first place). They're saying Standard edition - Volume licensing IS supported and can be installed legally on RDS.

Neilsr - By the way, here's a more recent copy of the document you referred to. http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/briefs/winserv2012-rds.aspx

Official Document showing Office Standard under Volume Licensing Agreement. (On Page 4)
http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/D/8/AD8518E1-A7C5-4233-B9CE-05BF4914F37F/Office_2010_Volume_Licensing_Guide.docx
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by:okorsal
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After submitting the question, I dug deeper and researched heavily on this topic by calling the appropriate parties and checking their website. While other responses were good they were not up-to-date.
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