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Running Outlook on Server 2012 with Remote Desktop Enabled

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Hi there, we have a client that wants to use the server as a workstation. This means the user will need to use Outlook etc on the server. They bought a Retail 2013 license but as soon as you install it detects it as a TS and wants a license for all users. The other users wont need Outlook etc on the remote server as they use Hosted Exchange so is there anyway of getting Office to install just for the one local users use?
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Create a virtual machine for that end user and install it there?  then the user can RDP into the VM instead of the server.  This would probably also be more secure since the desktop environment would then be isolated from the server.
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Thanks but seems a little complicated for the end user as they are of basic level?
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are they trying to actually sit at the 2012 server and use it as a desktop?  I guess I don't fully understand the environment.  

If you are using terminal services, then people are accessing the machine via RDP anyway, no?  If not, then just simply remove the terminal services role.  

If you are using both RDP/Terminal services AND the end-user wants to actually use the server as a sit-down-in-front-of-it desktop environment, this represents a security risk.  but creating a virtualized desktop environment using hyper-v would be the best solution, and wouldn't cost any additional, since you can create up to two 2012 virtual machines on a 2012 hypervisor without any additional licenses.  Just make sure your 2012 vm does NOT have terminal services installed, and you should be good.
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Yes they want to use it as an actual workstation with the remote users accessing a database nothing else
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Then it should be safe to remove the terminal services role.  Once that role is removed, then the office licensing should work as expected.
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We reverted to an earlier version of Outlook i.e. 2007 and all worked ok without having to remove anything
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