excel 2019 license with Windows Server 2016 RDS 5 CAL device license

Gina B 21 Reputation points

I need to install excel 2019 and Access 2019 in a Windows Server 2016 that have RDS and 5 CALs (per device). This server is used to generate reports and connect with other servers to get the info for those reports, the 5 devices (not users) connect to this server from their desktops using the server local credentials when they open a Remote desktop session , these users are also part of the company corporate network and they all have office 365 in their computers, but when they connect to the reports server they need to open the local excel files to read the reports and the they need MS Access because is linked to SQL and used for changes to the database . my question: How can i install excel and access there? what license or licenses i need ? i tried to read and look for information and i believe i understand i need 5 licenses, but how? where i activate those? a software provider told me i need to buy 5 open licenses for 2019 but i dont know how to install that, in the same server? ... currently the server is 2008 with excel 2010 and works fine no problems for the users to connect but now that we are going to upgrade to server 2016 (because 2008 not supported in the company) everywhere i read the excel is not going to work or the RDS wont work. Please help me.

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  1. Dave Patrick 426.3K Reputation points MVP

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  1. Dave Patrick 426.3K Reputation points MVP

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  2. Jenny Yan-MSFT 9,326 Reputation points


    1.If it is the standalone Office 2019, the supported operating system shall be Server 2019 or Windows 10 instead of Server 2016.
    System requirements for Office

    2.Once the system, hardware and environment meets the requirements, following CAL or licenses are needed:

    • Microsoft Office licenses are needed - one for each desktop that accesses Microsoft Office on the servers
    • RDS CALs and Windows CALs for each device or user and one or more Windows Server licenses for each server.

    This Microsoft Volume License Brief should be helpful for you: http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/D/4/3D42BDC2-6725-4B29-B75A-A5B04179958B/desktop_application_with_windows_server_remote_desktop_services.pdf

    3.But if you are using Office365, you should check the requirements for shared computer activation for Microsoft 365 Apps

    4.From RDS perspective, the issued RDS CAL (either per device or per user) will grant the access for users to remote to the server and utilize the applications installed on that server with personal desktop.
    If you have more questions regarding Office License, it is suggested post new thread in Office forum below:

    5.Following two threads with similar discussion for your reference:

    Kindly check information provided above and hope they would be useful.

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