Fri, Nov 18 2011 23:52
Is Office pro plus supported in virtualization?
While reviewing the requirements for Office 365, I saw this:
Note regarding Office Professional Plus in Office 365: Office Professional Plus is not designed to install on servers or virtualized platforms. Microsoft does not provide technical support services for customer and Partner issues related to the installation or use of Office 365 in a virtual environment, Windows Server Remote Desktop, or other terminal service platforms.
Does this mean if there is a small business that has moved to a Hyper-V server with several Windows 7 Virtual Machines, that they cannot run Office 365 ? If so, that would be crazy! Key word above "Virtualized Platforms". Can you be more specific?
Or is this just talking about Terminal Services platforms where multiple users would use the same copy of Office 2010 Pro plus at the same time ?
From your problem description, I understand that you learnt that Office Professional Plus cannot be installed virtualized platforms. You would like to know whether it is okay to install it on Hypver-V guest machines running Windows 7. If my understanding is not correct, please feel free to let me know.
I am sorry that this is not a supported deployment because it has not been fully tested. Therefore, there can be some unknown/unexpected issues when using this kind of deployment.
My take: It's office folks. If Office can't handle a virtualized desktop Office needs to get on the virtualization and bandwagon. I'll buy that for Multipoint or TS deployments you'll need Office via VL to get a license that can be installed on a terminal server... but for virtual desktops? Come on Microsoft, buy into that cloud you keep pushing.
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