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Adding Office Volume licensing on 2012 RDS server

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Where do you go on a RDS server to add volume licensing for Office 2016 standard (not MS Office 365)?
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You buy a volume license from some official MS vendor, you will get the open license information. Log into the Volume License Center from MS, there you add this license information.
After a few hours, your license is added, and you will get the option to download the ISO of Office, and the correct license key.
With that you can install it on your RDS.
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I they have multiple RDS servers and I was told that it was per device connected and not number of RDS servers, so where does this licensing pool come from that it knows how to allocate between the different RDS servers?
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Indeed, Volume Licensing is per device (I prefer per user, which is also an option). There's no licensing pool to speak of. Volume Licensing does not really check how you allocate Office licenses. In theory, you can even buy 5 licenses and use it for 500 users (in an RDS environment). Obviously during the next licensing assessment with a MS representative, you either lie your face off and hope he doesn't find out, or you can be honest and tell you're missing a few licenses.
With Office installs on PC's, you will run into problems if you install it over and over again, as there IS an activation count at the MS licensing servers. Obviously, you install it only once on the RDS, so you'll probably never get past that activation limit.
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Auto close, non-responsive asker.
Answer as per standard MS procedure. No unknown facts remain.
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