How do we implement licensing for Microsoft Office 365 in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)?

Microsoft Office 365 can only be set up in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with one of the following editions:

– Office 365 ProPlus
– Office 365 Enterprise E3
– Office 365 Enterprise E5

Each virtual desktop which runs an Office 365 requires a license. This can be covered by using one of the five installations per Office 365 user subscription license. Moreover, each access on the VDI requires a Remote Desktop Services CAL as well as a Windows Server CAL.


official Microsoft Technet Website on Office 365 Feature Availability (, retrieved 2018-08-21

Microsoft Product Terms, August 2018

Volume Licensing Brief_Microsoft_Office 365 ProPlus_as is 2018-08-21