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msdn - activate RDS license server with CAL's (Server 2012)

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  • I have read the 2008R2 instructions on activating the RDS license server by phone.  When I actually tried this, the support guy could not validate my Product ID for the license server 2012. 

    Anyone else try this? Should I just try to call back again? Did RDS licensing for MSDN change in 2012?

    Thursday, October 11, 2012 5:37 PM

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  • Hi,

    I do not know if certain levels do not include RDS CALs.  Having the ability to request the RDS CAL key via the web page was added relatively recently, perhaps only the last couple of years or less.

    Please contact MSDN customer service regarding if your subscription level includes RDS CALs, how to obtain them, etc:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/aa948875.aspx

    My understanding is that MSDN includes RDS CALs for demonstration purposes.  From the Visual Studio 2012 and MSDN Licensing White Paper:

    "Demonstration Using Terminal Services

    MSDN subscriptions permit the use of the Windows Server Remote Desktop Services for up to 200 simultaneous, anonymous users to access an online demonstration of your programs. These anonymous users do not need an MSDN subscription. Nonetheless, an MSDN subscriber can use Remote Desktop Services for development and testing as they can for any other software included in their subscription."

    Thanks.

    -TP

    Friday, October 12, 2012 6:51 PM
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  • Hi,

    I have not had any problem activating Server 2012 from msdn.  I have done it using Automatic and Web Browser methods.

    What is the exact image you downloaded and used to install your server?  Specifically, which .iso file name did you use?

    If you would like to try the web browser method here are the basic steps:

    1. Open RD Licensing Manager (licmgr.exe) on your server, right-click on the server name and choose Properties

    2. Change Connection method to Web Browser, before closing the window write down your Product ID.

    3. Right-click on the server name and choose Activate, follow the wizard.  You will need to browse to https://activate.microsoft.com , fill out the required information (including your Product ID), and it will give your License Server ID to enter into the activation wizard on your Server 2012.

    -TP

    Friday, October 12, 2012 5:05 PM
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  • The RD license server can activate fine, but I don't see any CAL's, which lead me to believe that you needed to do the telephone method to get the CAL's that come along with a MSDN subscription.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/olc/archive/2010/02/03/windows-server-2008-r2-how-to-activate-remote-desktop-licensing-server-how-to-install-rds-cals.aspx

     
    Friday, October 12, 2012 5:39 PM
  • Hi,

    You have to install your RDS CALs after you Activate the server.  You do not have to use the Telephone or Web Browser method, Automatic works fine.  You may switch back to Automatic for installing your RDS CALs.

    Please sign in to the MSDN site, then click on My Product Keys.  Scroll down to the Server 2012 section, then click on the Get a Key button next to Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services User CAL.  A retail key will appear that you can enter into the Install Licenses wizard in RD Licensing.

    When installing your RDS CALs please make sure the License program is set to License Pack (Retail Purchase).

    Thanks.

    -TP

    Friday, October 12, 2012 5:49 PM
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  • I don't see them in my product key list.  I verified with another that they don't see any RDS CAL's listed on their subscription either.  Does the subscription need to be at a certain level?  If so, what is that level?


    Friday, October 12, 2012 6:02 PM
  • Hi,

    I do not know if certain levels do not include RDS CALs.  Having the ability to request the RDS CAL key via the web page was added relatively recently, perhaps only the last couple of years or less.

    Please contact MSDN customer service regarding if your subscription level includes RDS CALs, how to obtain them, etc:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/aa948875.aspx

    My understanding is that MSDN includes RDS CALs for demonstration purposes.  From the Visual Studio 2012 and MSDN Licensing White Paper:

    "Demonstration Using Terminal Services

    MSDN subscriptions permit the use of the Windows Server Remote Desktop Services for up to 200 simultaneous, anonymous users to access an online demonstration of your programs. These anonymous users do not need an MSDN subscription. Nonetheless, an MSDN subscriber can use Remote Desktop Services for development and testing as they can for any other software included in their subscription."

    Thanks.

    -TP

    Friday, October 12, 2012 6:51 PM
    Moderator