Office 365 Licensing without Volume Licensing

How to setup office 365 for a virtual environment and be compliant to Microsoft agreement terms.

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Written by Reisbel Machado
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  • An Office 365 plan that includes Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 E3 or Office 365 E5.

  • The Office Deployment Tool, which is available on the Microsoft Download Center. You can download the Office 365 ProPlus software to your local network by using the Office Deployment Tool.

  • Any supported version of Office 365 ProPlus.

  • A separate user account for each user who logs on to the shared computer.

Step 1 : Purchase an Office 365 ProPlus for EACH user needing the office 365 programs. 

Office 365 ProPlus  $12.00 user/month

‪Microsoft Corporation‬

• Always up-to-date Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook

• 5 PC installs, 5 tablets, 5 phones

• 1 TB cloud storage

* Office 365 ProPlus does not include an exchange email account, to find out more information about Office 365 E3 & E5 please visit .

Step 2 : Login into the server as an admin that you will be installing Office 365 and download and install the “Office Deployment Tool”. (Save in a new folder with any name. (For Ex “OfficeDeploy”)

Step 3 : Edit the configuration-Office365 file depending on the version you are using x64 or x86.

You will need to remove “<!-- and --> at the beginning and end of Display Level and Property name; Your configuration file should look like this : (Using configuration-Office365-x64 as example)

Step 4 : Run Command Prompt as an administrator and type in the command :
"change user /install" ; Please note that after Step 8, once the installation of Office 365 is complete you will need to type in the command "change user /execute".

Step 5
: In Command Prompt go into the folder where your Office Deployment files are stored.

Step 6 : Download Office 365 by entering the following command while inside the folder : “setup.exe /download configuration-Office365-x64.xml”

This will automatically start to download Office in the same folder where your Office Deployment files are stored.

Step 7 : Verify that the download has finished by right clicking the Office folder and making sure size the folder is not changing anymore. 

Step 8 : Go back to the command prompt window and enter the following command : 

“Setup.exe /configure configuration-Office365-x64.xml”

(This will install office365 in the background, please just wait for it to finish installing and do not close the command prompt).

Step 9 : Once Office 365 is already installed please open any of the products and to activate the license each user should enter the email and password they were assigned. 

*** If you are installing a Volume License, you will follow the same steps except you will use a different configuration.xml file in step 3 that you can build by following the guide in this link :

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