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Question on RDS CALs relating to deployment of per User licenses on a host server. RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    We are looking to deploy a server which would host one of our company applications. The idea would then be for 40-50 devices to RDP in using the same username to give them the same permissions.

    Does the per User license stop the user which the license is assigned to from being RDPed into the host server from more than one device at the same time?

    Thanks, Brad

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011 3:39 PM

Answers

  • Brad,

    For Remote Desktop sessions you need both the usual Client Access License plus an RDS CAL.  From this document (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/licensing-RDS.aspx):

    "In addition to a server license, a Windows Server Client Access License (CAL) is required to access the Windows Server software. If you wish to utilize the RDS functionality of the Windows Server software, an incremental Terminal Services Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Client Access License (TS CAL), or the new Remote Desktop Services Client Access License (RDS CAL) is required as well. A TS or RDS CAL is required for each user or device. To be specific, a WS 2008 TS CAL or WS 2008 RDS CAL may access a server running Windows Server 2008 R2. An RDS CAL is functionally equivalent to a TS CAL."

    Hope this helps,

    Kevin


    Kevin Remde US IT Evangelism - Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde
    • Proposed as answer by Kevin Remde Saturday, May 7, 2011 11:56 AM
    • Marked as answer by brad_fswalker Wednesday, May 11, 2011 11:18 AM
    Saturday, May 7, 2011 11:56 AM

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  • P.S.

    I thought a Microsoft mod may have answered this question in about 3 seconds but as I still have no reply please let me know if I haven't made myself clear :)

    Friday, May 6, 2011 1:24 PM
  • Brad,

    For Remote Desktop sessions you need both the usual Client Access License plus an RDS CAL.  From this document (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/licensing-RDS.aspx):

    "In addition to a server license, a Windows Server Client Access License (CAL) is required to access the Windows Server software. If you wish to utilize the RDS functionality of the Windows Server software, an incremental Terminal Services Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Client Access License (TS CAL), or the new Remote Desktop Services Client Access License (RDS CAL) is required as well. A TS or RDS CAL is required for each user or device. To be specific, a WS 2008 TS CAL or WS 2008 RDS CAL may access a server running Windows Server 2008 R2. An RDS CAL is functionally equivalent to a TS CAL."

    Hope this helps,

    Kevin


    Kevin Remde US IT Evangelism - Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde
    • Proposed as answer by Kevin Remde Saturday, May 7, 2011 11:56 AM
    • Marked as answer by brad_fswalker Wednesday, May 11, 2011 11:18 AM
    Saturday, May 7, 2011 11:56 AM
  • Thanks Kevin,

     

    Brad

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011 11:17 AM