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

Requirements:

  • Office 365 ProPlus
  • The updated version of the Office Deployment Tool
  • A supported version of RDS:
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Reliable connectivity between shared computer and the Internet
  • A server that supports Hyper-V if Office 362 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 a configuration.xml file that includes the following lines (for more details on configuration.xml file, check the following article):

    <Configuration>

    <Add SourcePath="\\SERVER\SHARE\" OfficeClientEdition="32">

    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">

    <Language ID="en-us" />

    </Product>

    </Add>

    <Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="True" />

    <Property Name="SharedComputerLicensing" Value="1" />

    </Configuration>


    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.

  4. Use the SharedComputerLicensing setting to enable shared computer activation, which is required to user Office 365 ProPlus on a shared computer (for more details on shared computer activation, check the following article).
  5. Use the Office Deployment Tool and the configuration.xml file to install Office ProPlus 365 on the RD Session Host server (for more details on Office Deployment tool, please check the following article).

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 the necessary information about user Office 365 information.

For more information on Office 365 ProPlus activation please read the following article