Microsoft Office Pro 2013 for Terminal Server

I am running a Terminal Server in a VM, and I have offie 2013 Pro installed.  Do I have to actually get a difference license for my terminal server, or can I use the licenses that I have for office, irregardless on what server I install it?

DanNetwork EngineerAsked:
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Carl WebsterCitrix Technology Professional - FellowCommented:

You need to have a non-retail and non-OEM Office 2010 or later license for every user.

I have Office Professional Plus 2013 installed on a network server. Can I access this copy of Microsoft Office using Remote Desktop Services from a desktop that has Office Professional Plus 2010 installed and is covered by Software Assurance?

Yes. To use Office Professional Plus 2013 in this scenario, you would need to be licensed for Office Professional Plus 2013. A desktop that is licensed for and has Office Professional Plus 2010 installed and is covered by active Software Assurance is considered to be licensed for Office Professional Plus 2013.
Typically you will need to hold an ordinary Office 2013 Pro license per each Remote Desktop Service CAL being used by your terminal server. There are other agreements you can make with Microsoft that can change this. The details of this can be found here:

If you were to purchase individual licenses to use Office 2013 Pro on a terminal server (Remote Desktop Services), this would require several licenses:
1 operating system license for Windows Server
1 Windows Server CAL per each user or device that will access the terminal server
1 Remote Desktop Services CAL per each user or device that will access the terminal server
1 Office 2013 Pro license per each desktop that will be hosted by the terminal server (typically the same number of licenses as the Remote Desktop Services CAL)
DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
so basically, what I'm asking is, can I use my license for office 2013 pro on a windows server 2012 R2 terminal server?
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Carl WebsterCitrix Technology Professional - FellowCommented:
yes as long as each also has a license
Cliff GaliherCommented:
"can I use my license"  Singular?  Unless you have a very strange environment, probably not. The question you are asking isn't simple and does get into the nuances of Microsoft's licensing. The answers given are accurate, but your return to the question at hand would at least subtly imply that the answers weren't fully understood.  If you are asking whether you can just buy one license for Office 2013, install it on an RDS server, and have multiple users access Office, the answer is no. That'd be highly illegal.

As always, advice here is not legally binding. Microsoft's presales support is good and can get you where you need to go and provide you with the valid documentation to help ensure you are legal at the time of purchase.
DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Cliff, allow me to explain.

I have 75 licenses of office pro 2013.  I have about the same amount of PCs, or less.
I am running a terminal server, and I installed office pro 2013 so if a user logged into the server can use office if needed.

I guess my question is, is there such a thing as a special license for office on a terminal server?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
There is not a "special" license. However some licenses can be used on a remote desktop server, while others cannot. Just as some licenses include outlook while others do not. You should refer to your specific license agreement to see if your version and edition qualify.
Carl WebsterCitrix Technology Professional - FellowCommented:
Prior to Office 2013, there were special Terminal Server product keys and if you tried to install using a non TS key you got a message saying nope, can't do that.

Office 2013 requires Pro to install on a TS/RDS server and then each user must have a non-retail or non-OEM license for Office 2010/2013 Pro.

What type of licenses do you have for Office 2013 Pro for the users?  Retail, OEM, VL?

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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
They are volume licenses
Carl WebsterCitrix Technology Professional - FellowCommented:
Then you are good to go and are legal to allow your users to access your Office 2013 Pro from your RDS server.
DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
ok, great.
DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys for the help.
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