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Activate Microsoft Office in Windows 2012 RDS server issue

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Hello,

We setup a Windows 2012 remote desktop servers for a published SAP application.  Office 2013 is installed.  

When users launch the application which leverages Office, they see the Microsoft Office Activation Wizard dialog box popping up.  

I previously RDP into the server as administrator and apply the product key.  When a regular user login, she still see the pop up.

Please advise what I should do.
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Take a look at this blog.  It discusses the confusion aspect of licensing Office in a RDC environment.

https://www.mirazon.com/how-do-you-license-office-in-a-remote-desktop-environment/

Basically you need a license for each workstation NOT the server.

To make this work, you are going to want to look into a volume licensing solution.

Here's another blog that talks about the same situation.

https://virtualqube.com/blog/licensing-office-in-a-remote-desktop-environment/
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So, do you think the reason why the RDS users are seeing the Office License popup is because they do not have Office being properly activated on their local workstation?

How do I fix it?
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You need to purchase a Volume License version of Office for the number of users you have.
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We have the licenses.  

Do we need go to the problematic workstation of the users and type in the product key?
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Ah, I see what you mean.  Yes.
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Solution provided is standard answer.
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