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

Requirements:

  • Microsoft 365 ProPlus license
  • The updated version of the Office Deployment Tool
  • A supported version of RDS: 
    • Windows Server 2016
    • Windows Server 2019
  • Reliable connection to the shared computer
  • A server that supports Hyper-V if Microsoft 365 ProPlus will be deployed on a shared virtual machine

How to install Microsoft 365 ProPlus on an RDS server

This way Microsoft 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 (make sure that Licensing and Activation section is set to Shared Computer).
    Alternatively, you can create a configuration file using a text editor. It should include the following lines:​ 

    <Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="True" /> ​ 
    <Property Name="SharedComputerLicensing" Value="1" />​ 

  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 options, check the following article):

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

    Note: it is recommended to set the Display Level to None to do a silent installation of Microsoft 365 ProPlus. This prevents Microsoft 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. ​

    Important: check that quotes of the same type are used 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 option to enable shared computer activation, which is required to use Microsoft 365 ProPlus on a shared computer.

  6. Open Run utility (Win+R), type in cmd and hit OK, then execute the following lines one by one (the example is provided for C:\Office365 location):

    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 Microsoft 365 ProPlus on shared virtual machine

  1. Create an operating system image:
    Follow the instructions to install Microsoft 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 Microsoft 365 ProPlus activation

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

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

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