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How to: Install Office 365 ProPlus / Business on a RDS Server (Terminal Server / MultiPoint Server) using Shared Computer Activation – Office 2016 version

How to: Install Office 365 ProPlus / Business on a RDS Server (Terminal Server / MultiPoint Server) using Shared Computer Activation – Office 2016 version

For those of you who have read our previous post: How to: Install Office 365 ProPlus / Business on a RDS Server (Terminal Server / MultiPoint Server) using Shared Computer Activation, you know what this is all about. For those of you that haven’t:

Shared computer activation lets you to deploy Office 365 ProPlus to a computer in your organization that is accessed by multiple users.

Shared computer activation gets enabled during the installation of Office 365 ProPlus, Project Pro for Office 365 and Visio Pro for Office 365 using the Office Deployment Tool. Once enabled, Office installs without being activated. When a user signs in to a computer with Office installed via shared computer activation, Office will check to see if the user has been provisioned for Office 365 ProPlus and temporarily activates Office 365 ProPlus. If a second user signs in to the same computer, the activation does not persist from the first user and process is repeated.

So there you have it. We love shared computer activation as it allows us to deploy Office 365 to Windows Server and Windows MultiPoint Server, allowing us to offer the latest Office experience to our licensed Office 365 users. Not only that, but it does not count against the user’s 5 total installations!

It’s also important to note that deploying Office 365 ProPlus using shared computer activation does not count against a user’s five total installations of Office 365 ProPlus or Office for Mac.


So now that we have tauted the features we like the most, it is time to get to work. From the title you may gather that this installation instructions are meant to be used in connection with an Office 365 subscription and for the deployment of Office 2016. If you would like to deploy Office 2013, please see our previous post referenced on the top of this article as the steps change a little and the Office Deployment Tool referenced here is exclusively for Office 2016.

Here are the steps to deploy Office 365 with Shared Computer Activation.

I.   Download the Office 2016 Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49117

II.  After downloading the tool, run OfficeDeploymentTool.exe

III. Extract the files to a drive on your computer

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IV. You’ll end up with 2 files (Setup.exe and Configuration.xml)

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V.   Edit and configure the configuration XML file. I am showing an example below. Change the SourcePath to your network share. Also, Consider I already added the Small Business Premium Retail Product ID and the Spanish language. This is not necessary. Simply pick from those two product IDs which one you want and then add the languages you wish to install. In my case it was English AND Spanish, so both versions get installed. 

<Configuration>

<Add SourcePath=”\\DomainName\DFS\o365\” OfficeClientEdition=”32″ >

<Product ID=”O365ProPlusRetail”>

<Language ID=”en-us” />

<Language ID=”es-es” />

</Product>

<Product ID=”O365SmallBusPremRetail”>

<Language ID=”en-us” />

<Language ID=”es-es” />

</Product>

</Add>

<Property Name=”SharedComputerLicensing” Value=”1″ />

</Configuration>

 VI.  From an elevated Command Prompt, run Setup to download the installation files. Please note that there is no GUI / progress bar / etc. to get you know how it is doing. You can check the network share to see if the space used to see if it has have been downloaded or not (at the time of writing it is 1.02gb, could be more or less in the future.)

Setup.exe /download configuration.xml

VII.  From an elevated Command Prompt, run Setup to install Office Click-to-Run.

Setup.exe /configure configuration.xml

VIII. You’re done!

I recommend you read more on this topic. Using the Deployment Tool you can also deploy Office 365 / Office 2016 Enterprise Wide using Group Policy in Active Directory, etc.


Update:

You can use the following XML which is meant to only active Shared Licensing mode (no extra languages, no network share, no extra office products, etc.) Now you can skip the /download command straight to the /configure command. You will need an internet connection as it will download from the web the installation files to deploy Office365 on the system.

<Configuration>
<Product ID=”O365ProPlusRetail”>
<Language ID=”en-us” />
</Product>
</Add>
<Display Level=”None” AcceptEULA=”True” />
<Property Name=”SharedComputerLicensing” Value=”1″ />
</Configuration>

2 comments

    • Jason on May 5, 2017 at 9:29 am
    • Reply

    Very interesting. I tried to download and install office 365 pro from Microsoft o365 portal on my Windows 2016 MPS (MultiPoint) server, one day late, o355 failed to launch with warning that I need volume license of office edition to make this work on 2016 MPS, Then I uninstalled o365 and install office 2016 pro with volume license, it failed again with the same error. How can I download o365 pro full installation binary? can you please explain a bit about how to prepare install binary location, share folder preparation, etc for ()>?

    BTW, why there are two different Product IDs , in the XML file? If I install volume license version of Office 2016 pro, what these two product IDs I should put instead, respectively.

    TIA
    Jason

    1. Sorry, I placed other options just as additional information but I see now that was confusing. You only need the one product which is ProPlusRetail. The key here is using the “SharedComputerLicensing” setting to get it to work with your Office365 E3+ license. Additionally you don’t need the source path, it can download it from the Internet. It is useful just if you deploy to more than one computer over the network. I’ve added the XML at the end of the post. Hope this helps!

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