This article gives an overview on how to deploy Office Apps on Terminal Server.


  • Office 365 ProPlus
  • The updated version of the Office Deployment Tool
  • A supported version of RDS: 
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Windows Server 2016
  • Reliable connectivity between shared computer and the Internet
  • A server that supports Hyper-V if Office 365 ProPlus will be deployed on a shared virtual machine

How to install Office 365 ProPlus on an RDS server

This way Office 365 ProPlus will be configured as a Remote Desktop Session Host server. Multiple users will be able to connect remotely to this computer.

Perform the following steps:

  1. Install and configure Windows Server.
  2. Install and configure the Remote Desktop Session Host role service (for more details on how to install RD session Host, check the following article)
  3. Create Configuration XML file using Office Customization Tool and export it.
    It should include the following lines:​ 
    <Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="True" /> ​ 
    <Property Name="SharedComputerLicensing" Value="1" />​ 
    You have now set the display level to None to do a silent installation of Office 365 ProPlus. This prevents Office 365 ProPlus from trying to activate during the installation. This also means that you won't see any user interface elements during the installation, such as the progress of the installation or error messages. ​
  4. Download Office Deployment Tool, run it and extract the files to the preferred location, for example, C:\Office365\. This folder will store all files required for installation.
  5. Change Configuration.xml file, so that it includes the following lines (for more details on Configuration.xml file, check the following article):

       <Add OfficeClientEdition="64" >
          <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
             <Language ID="en-us" />
       <Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="True" />​
       <Property Name="SharedComputerLicensing" Value="1" />
       <Logging Path="%temp%" />​

    Note: it is recommended to set the Display Level to None to do a silent installation of Office 365 ProPlus. This prevents Office 365 ProPlus from trying to activate during the installation.
    Also, check if quotes are all the same one in .xml file because if quotes symbols are in the incorrect format, .xml file can be not accepted and installation may fail.

    Important: use the SharedComputerLicensing setting to enable shared computer activation, which is required to use Office 365 ProPlus on a shared computer (for more details on shared computer activation, check the following article).

  6. Open Run utility (Win+R), type in cmd and hit OK, then execute the following lines one by one:

    cd "C:\Office365\" to access the location where the extracted files are located.

    setup /download configuration.xml to download the data according to information in the configuration file.

    setup /configure configuration.xml to install/configure the Apps according to information in the configuration file.

    Each setup command above takes 10-15 to run and finish. 

How to install Office 365 ProPlus on shared virtual machine

  1. Create the operating system image:
    Follow the instructions to install Office 365 ProPlus as a part of an operating system image.
    Make some RDS-specific changes on the virtual machine, such as enabling Remote Desktop
  2. Install and configure Windows Server
  3. Install and configure RDS (for more details read the following article)

Overview of Office 365 ProPlus activation

  1. A user logs on the computer with his account
  2. The user starts any Office 365 programs (Word, Outlook, Excell etc).
  3. Office 365 ProPlus prompts the user to provide the login information.

Note: if your environment is configured to synchronize Office 365 and network user account, Office ProPlus should automatically be able to obtain the necessary information about user Office 365 information.

For more information on Office 365 ProPlus activation read the Microsoft Knowledge Base article.