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Office 365 ProPlus on RDS 2012 R2

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Hello,

I have a 2012 R2 server with RDS installed. I want to install Office 365 ProPlus on it.

I have an Enterprise E3 license, which I subscribed to online. Can I install this version? I see on some blogs that you can only install a version that was bought through a volume license agreement, is this true and I assume that my E3 subscription which I took out online is not a valid version for this?

Is the volume activation version a real MSI package or is it still click to run? I would really prefer the MSI version as I want to integrate QuickBooks with Outlook for direct mailing of invoices, and QB says that some of the integration functions do not work with a click to run installation.

Many thanks in advance

Alasdair Barclay
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You can install Office 365 Pro Plus in a RDS environment. Microsoft announced support for this back in September using a new feature called Shared Computer Activation. You can find more info about this here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2014/09/03/office-365-shared-computer-activation.aspx

As for installing it on your RDS servers, this guide covers it quite nicely: http://blog.powerbiz.net.au/office-365/installing-office365-proplus-on-a-rds-server-terminal-server-using-shared-computer-activation/

Official TechNet article for deploying Office 365 ProPlus in a RDS environment: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/library/dn782858(v=office.15).aspx
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Thanks very much VB ITS,

I am following the links now, let's see how I get on.

Al
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Hi VB ITS,

very good and precise links, I installed 365 on RDS quickly and easily, and it worked fine.

However, as I suspected, QuickBooks could not see the MS Office installation due to the click-to-run installation, so I am having to buy a 5-user volume license for 2013 Professional Plus which has a traditional MSI installation in order for it to work, but that's another story.

Thanks

Alasdair
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