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V2018 & Office

  • 1.  V2018 & Office

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Apr 24, 2019 10:12 AM
    I am having an on-going discussion with my IT team regarding the correct version of Office to use with V2018.    We will begin configuring our new V2018 production environment in the next few weeks, and are still struggling on which version of Office 365 is required

    As you all know, in order to launch Excel or Word within SL, then Office has to be installed in a way that SL knows about it.

    Our plan is to use Terminal Services/Citrix to deploy our SL executables on V2018, hopefully CU2.   We plan to use Azure as a platform for our servers, and Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Data Center Edition as the OS (assuming 2019 is supported in CU2).

    In question is which version of Office 365 to use.    We have deployed Office 365 ProPlus throughout the organization.   However, the system specifications for V2018 CU1 call for Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise Edition E3 or E5.   Once difference between Office 365 and E3/E5 is the cost/month/user - with ProPlus being the least expensive as it doesn't include SharePoint functionality.   Since we don't use SharePoint that way, it isn't an issue from my perspective

    Is anyone on V2018 using Office 365 ProPlus and, if yes, have you run into any issues?

    Is E3 or E5 really a requirement on a Terminal Server?   Has anyone been successful running Office 365 ProPlus?

    Any comments would be appreciated!

    Best regards,

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    Gail Jones-Nemeth
    Financial Systems Analyst
    Creative Associates Int'l
    Washington DC
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  • 2.  RE: V2018 & Office

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Apr 24, 2019 12:40 PM
    Gail-
    We aren't configured with terminal services, but current documentation suggests the Office365 proplus is suitable for terminal server - with a little extra configuration.
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/deploy-office-365-proplus-by-using-remote-desktop-services

    I'm not sure if it's deliberate, but the documentation mentions Server 2016 as supported and not Server 2019. I suspect this is just an update to the documentation needed.

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    Drew Skwiers-Koballa
    Director of IT
    Inside Edge CIS
    Eagan MN
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  • 3.  RE: V2018 & Office

    Posted 30 days ago
    Gail,

    Our RDP server is configured with the full installation of Dynamics SL 2018 and Office365 ProPlus installed via the Office Deployment Tool.
    The only issue I have run into is with the VTSO add-in for Outlook, but that is a common issue with Outlook disabling the add-in.
    I would just make sure that Office is installed prior to the Dynamics SL installation.

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    Jeff Larson
    ERP Environment Specialist
    Boyer & Associates
    Plymouth MN
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  • 4.  RE: V2018 & Office

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 30 days ago
    Thanks Drew.   When we did our initial configuration for our SL V2018 pilot on Windows Server 2016 Data Center, , we did use Office 365 ProPlus in this way and it does appear to work correctly.

    Yet, on looking further into Windows Server 2019 Data Center, it appears that Microsoft has elected NOT to support Office 365 ProPlus - ever - on the Windows Server 2019 platform.   In other words, we could try to run Office 365 ProPlus on that platform,  but Microsoft wouldn't support it.   Our policy is that we only install supported versions on production servers..

    Apparently, this decision by Microsoft has generated a great deal of controversy based on what I'm reading online.    Microsoft did extend the end of support date for Windows Server 2016   (Windows Server 2019 RDSH drops Office 365 ProPlus support)   to October 2025.     I found this nugget in one article, but haven't found it reported on elsewhere, so I'm still trying to confirm the accuracy.

    If Microsoft is supporting Windows Server 2016 almost as long as the end of support date for Windows Server 2019, then I don't see any particular value in staging our new environment on Windows Server 2019.    We have a long-standing methodology of using the latest OS when staging an SL upgrade environment.

    However, for this next upgrade to SL V2018, we decided to go against that long-time approach, and have decided to stage our terminal servers for the new production environment using Windows Server 2016 Data Center.   We are still reviewing whether to upgrade to Windows Server 2019 on other related servers, but are leaning to staying on 2016.

    I would be interested to know if other sites have looked into this, and what decision they made.

    Best regards,



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    Gail Jones-Nemeth
    Financial Systems Analyst
    Creative Associates Int'l
    Washington DC
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  • 5.  RE: V2018 & Office

    Posted 30 days ago
    Hello All,

    I have 2018 CU1 and I am running Office 365 pro plus, as that is what Microsoft makes its support team run.

    1. For any online/web version of office 365 if you want to run things like Appserver, Communicator to mail, you must have the email client installed. You get that with your O365 subscription and that should not be a problem.
    2. For anything like Grid to excel..I don't believe I needed the "excel program" installed..however for the Project Budget import export budget feature...I had to download 
    : Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributable

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13255

    2 files should install the Access Database Engine components and the interop assemblies







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    Jana Glaser-Macdonald
    Microsoft
    Redmond WA
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