Jun 21, 2016 - 12:36 PM
Would need a few more details to actually answer for you (what version of Office are you installing on the server, how is it being accessed - is it only by the application or is it directly by end users for instance).
Jun 22, 2016 - 12:29 AM
Jun 22, 2016 - 02:27 AM
If all users accessing have Office 2016 VL licensing and the Office 2016 VL is on the server, then the server copy would not be counted.
If there is only partial access (say 100 devices accessing out of 1000) then understanding internal controls would be noted, much like the use of Office in a Terminal Services scenario.
If you cannot control the device count accessing, you would need to move to Per User / Office 365 licensing.
Under O365 it would be considered as an additional install from the count of 5 allowed for each user. I don't know if this will be counted on the portal so careful management of the Per User licensing would need to be in place.
Jun 22, 2016 - 07:38 AM
Thanks all for getting back with your replies.
However, in taking into account all the responses, its still a bit unclear to me.
Are we saying that Office 2016 can be deployed on an (on-prem) server and covered via O365 licensing (via EA) for each end user?
Or does Office 2016 have to be licensed in a different manner? If licensing cannot be via O365 (on an EA), then what is the correct method?
Jun 22, 2016 - 07:47 AM
Unfortunately you haven't given enough info to answer your question. What version/edition of Office is on the server? You can install Office on a central server this is allowed. The devices or users accessing need to be licensed.
One of the challenges with O365 is that the Office license is CLick to Run (CTR). CTR has restrictions in that you have to utilize CTR not the on premise edition of Office. And it has restricted downgrade rights (you can only use Office 2016 or Office 2013 for 1 year from launch of 2016).
Are all users licensed for Office through O365? Do you own any other prerpetual licenses? What is exactally installed on the server?
Jun 22, 2016 - 07:50 AM
Fundermentally Office ProPlus 365 and Office Professional Plus (VL) are two different licensing models. 365 is a Per User License and VL is a Per Device License. Each carry different rules. You can put Office (either) on a backend server, but your attaching devices must have the same license as what they are attaching too, and the rules are slightly different for each.