IncludeOfficeActivation Question RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello all, 

    configuration :rdsh farm 2016 (terminal/Server) whit fslogix profile and office container, office 365 installed with shared activation.

    Random a rds host lost office 365 license 

    on the gpo  have IncludeOfficeActivation enabled.

    Is correct for a rds farm make this setting Enable? or is only good for a VDI configuration ?

    thanks all.

    Thursday, August 22, 2019 1:13 PM

All replies

  • The IncludeOfficeActivation can be used on a wide variety of environments.  It captures the Office Activation information from a user's session, so could apply equally well to RDS or VDI environments.  The important thing to take into account is whether there is something else supposed to manage the user's Office activation.  If this is captured by another profile or provisioning solution or if there is any kind of single-sign-on being used then this setting should be turned off.

    It is important to note that IncludeOfficeActivation is turned ON by default, so you can't turn it off by not enabling it.  You will need to turn it off by setting the registry value to 0, or setting the group policy setting to disabled.

    Please also see:

    Friday, August 23, 2019 4:04 PM
  • Thanks, for reply

    my doubt is:

    with shared activation in RDS is 1 time activation for the "host", then is better take this one off and do with admin account?


    Monday, August 26, 2019 9:54 AM
  • With shared activation each user has to authenticate their account.  This creates an Office token in their profile, which is what the IncludeOfficeActivation setting roams.  This is not handled by an administrator in the image.  Without this the user would have to re-login each time they opened Excel in a new session. 

    There are other tools that provide single sign-on by passing through credentials from the client.  This would serve the same purpose as FSLogix roaming the user token and may conflict if you use both.  So if there is single sign-on in the environment you may want to turn off IncludeOfficeActivation, but this is the case no matter whether the environment is a desktop OS as in VDI or a server OS as in RDSH.

    Wednesday, September 4, 2019 4:36 PM