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  • I have a question about RDS licensing, if I buy 15 RDS CAL's does that mean that any 15 users who have the correct permissions, can access the RDS server, or are the 15 CAL's tied to specific users?

    AM
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 7:33 PM

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  • Hi,

    If you choose Per User RDS CALs, the licenses are for specific users.  If you choose Per Device RDS CALs, the licenses are for specific devices.

    NOTE: RDS Licensing is not concurrent.  What this means is that if you purchase 15 RDS CALs they are for 15 specific users, not "any" 15 users at a given moment in time, which is how it would be under a concurrent scheme.  For tracking purposes, a Per User CAL is issued to a user for 60 days.

    A user who has a Per User RDS CAL can access as many RDSH/TS servers as they want from as many different client devices as they choose and they are covered as far as RDS CAL requirements are concerned.  They also need to have a Windows CAL in addition to their RDS CAL.

    -TP

    • Proposed as answer by TP []MVP Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:38 PM
    • Marked as answer by Lionel Chen - MSFT Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:19 PM
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:38 PM

All replies

  • If you purchase Per-User licenses then yes, if you purchase Per-Device licenses then those licenses will be tied to those 15 devices.

    The following types of RDS Server Client Access Licenses are available:

    • A RDS Device CAL permits one device (used by any user) to utilize Remote Desktop Services functionality on any of your servers.
    • A RDS User CAL permits one user (using any device) to utilize Remote Desktop Services functionality on any of your servers.

    Here's some more resources for RDS licensing:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/licensing-terminal.aspx

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/rds-product-licensing.aspx

     

     

    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 8:49 PM
  • Hi,

    If you choose Per User RDS CALs, the licenses are for specific users.  If you choose Per Device RDS CALs, the licenses are for specific devices.

    NOTE: RDS Licensing is not concurrent.  What this means is that if you purchase 15 RDS CALs they are for 15 specific users, not "any" 15 users at a given moment in time, which is how it would be under a concurrent scheme.  For tracking purposes, a Per User CAL is issued to a user for 60 days.

    A user who has a Per User RDS CAL can access as many RDSH/TS servers as they want from as many different client devices as they choose and they are covered as far as RDS CAL requirements are concerned.  They also need to have a Windows CAL in addition to their RDS CAL.

    -TP

    • Proposed as answer by TP []MVP Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:38 PM
    • Marked as answer by Lionel Chen - MSFT Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:19 PM
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:38 PM