We have a Terminal Server and need to install Office without a Volume License.

According to THIS, that is allowed with E3 licensing.





So, a couple of things to note here:

  1. RDS is not permitted for Small Business premium

  2. RDS IS permitted for M, E3 and E4

  3. There are no caveats or foot notes as there used to be

Now the actual question, HOW do you do it?

Here the answer:

1. Start by downloading the “Office Deployment Tool for Click-To-Run” and extract it in a shared directory.

  1. Navigate to your extracted folder (in our example \server\o365) and edit the ‘configuration.xml’ file following the Microsoft guidelines:
<Add SourcePath="\\<path>\O365" OfficeClientEdition="32" >
<Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
<Language ID="en-us" />
<Updates Enabled="TRUE" />
<Display Level="Full" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />
<Property Name="SharedComputerLicensing" Value="1" />
  1. Open CMD, navigate to the extraction folder (e.g. C:\O365) and run:
setup.exe /download \\server\O365\configuration.xml

Let it run it will download the installer, it will create a new folder called ‘Office’ and should be about 1GB once it finished.

  1. Run the installer from CMD
\\server\o365\setup.exe /configure \\server\o365\configure.xml

Once that is done you should have O365 installed and it can be activated with individual O365 (E3) licenses. :o)