Evaluating Office 2010 or 2013 on an RDS session host before purchasing

I would like to "test" out the performance of Office 2010 or 2013 in conjunction with our RDS environment before shelling out 10's of thousands of dollars... Before you say anything, 365 is not supported by our core app, so no...  ;_;

Is 'testing' or 'evaluating' possible?  

I've been told by microsoft, "Yes".  I've been told by colleagues, "No".  

I don't own a single volume license key for 02k10 or 02k13, thus I don't have a volume license key or volume license download copy of the iso.  However, in order to get Office to install on an RDS server, Microsoft demands you use a VL copy of Office.  

Technet MSDN is no more and MS's free Technet Evaluation Center led me to registering and downloading copies of Office 2010 and 2013 professional plus (wayyyy more than I need, just need core O.W.E.P.)  When I attempt to install them, I get the "You need a volume license key, blah blah".

3 calls to India have yielded only headaches and constant re-routes.  

Has anyone ever attempted this and/or succeeded?  

THanks,
Chris
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
There is no evaluation version of Office for remote desktop services. And since none of the other licensing allows for this use, there is no legal way to do what you want at this time.
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Chris HInfrastructure ManagerAuthor Commented:
So the answer, and I want Google to crawl this for future admins:

Microsoft does not allow a path to test and evaluate Office 2010 or 2013 on an RDS server.

Correct?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
That os correct at this time. Evals are always showing up and going away though. What's true today can be outdated tomorrow.
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h1r0Commented:
Just download the evaluation http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-office-professional-plus-2013 , install it on the server and configure remote app.
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Chris HInfrastructure ManagerAuthor Commented:
@ Cliff  I believe the wording of office 2010 and office 2013 EULA specifically prohibit this type of evaluation and because of the lack of an evaluation VL copy, it can be solidly stated that it will never be legally possible to evaluate an RDS environment with Office 2010 or 2013 without Microsoft offering an evaluation version of the volume licensed Office 2010 or Office 2013.  

@H1R0  It can't installed on an RDS session host without throwing an error about needing a VL copy.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Never say never. As I said, that is true today. But tomorrow MS could throw up a VL eval with a new EULA that specifically allows this. That's all I'm saying. You wanted to write up your thought for future google searches. But by the time a future admin Google's this answer, it *may* not be valid. MS can and has changed before.
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Chris HInfrastructure ManagerAuthor Commented:
The important part is to know that without the Volume License copy evaluation (which currently doesn't exist), there's no point in an admin wasting his or her time trying to evaluate office 2010 or 2013.  I spent two days on this and it shouldn't have been so difficult.  Considering EOL on office 2007 is next year around April, I can only promise you this questions is going to be on a lot of administrator's minds.  I implore MS to be gracious enough to start an evaluation program on 2010 and 2013 VL copies, but I know they're gearing up on moving forward with cloud computing and Office 365 -- neither of which play well with my in-house applications.  Sad, because office 2007 is still a terrific application...
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