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Azure Lab Services - Office License

I am setting up a template in Azure Lab Services where we will perform some training on an application. We require those in the training to use Microsoft Excel to open some documents. What type of Office license do I need to deploy this? As a company we have an O365 ProPlus subscription, but I cannot guarantee everyone who logs in has their own Office license.

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As far as I know all Office licenses would have Excel by default.


https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/b/help-me-choose-office

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/buy/compare-all-microsoft-365-products


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This is going to be more of an Office question than an Azure Lab Services question, but let me do my best to try to expand on what @DSPatrick has mentioned.


What versions of Office have Excel?
Almost all versions of Office do have Excel however there are a couple lesser known exceptions (see the table below). If you have Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise (formerly Office 365 ProPlus), Excel is included so you would be set there.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/servicedescriptions/office-applications-service-description/office-applications-service-description

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How many people can use my copy?
You will want to speak with your Office 365 admin (or whoever manages your Office 365 account) to confirm the maximum number of users.

You can reach out to Office support if you have additional questions:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/home/contact


How do I install and configure Office 365 with Azure Lab Services?
There is documentation that will walk you through this process of using the Office Deployment Tool (ODT) which you can find here:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/lab-services/how-to-prepare-windows-template#install-microsoft-office-365

If your template machine needs Office, we recommend installation of Office through the Office Deployment Tool (ODT). You will need to create a reusable configuration file using the Office 365 Client Configuration Service to choose which architecture, what features you'll need from Office, and how often it updates.

1) Go to Office 365 Client Configuration Service and download your own configuration file.
2) Download Office Deployment Tool. Downloaded file will be setup.exe.
3) Run setup.exe /download configuration.xml to download Office components.
4) Run setup.exe /configure configuration.xml to install Office components.




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My question isn't what version of Office has Excel. I am the O365 admin for my organization. The question is - what type of license is needed to install Office on an Azure Lab Template so that it's available in training for those outside my organization who are not in our O365

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Office licensing is outside of my area of specialization so I reached out to Office sales and the general recommendation was a separate family or personal subscription like this:

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I would contact Office sales directly to figure out what license will work best for your scenario:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/buy/compare-all-microsoft-365-products


Additionally, I found a question on the Office 365 community that was similar to yours in that someone wanted to know what the license solution would be for use on multiple VMs (each VM would count towards the active machine count):

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/all/virtual-machines-and-office-licensing/1283ef7e-202c-44f0-9829-c65aa0099fb4


If you have additional Microsoft 365 and Office questions, the Microsoft 365 and Office community is a great place to get answers:

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice


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