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Terminal Services in W2003 Server

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Hello!

I am looking to establish some Terminal Services sessions for a thin client app I have installed on my 2003 server. As I understand it, I have five TS licenses that I can use. When I genned this server, it gave me the option to choose between 'per server' or 'per device or user' and these options continue to appear to be available in Control Panel>Licenses . I have chosen 'Server'.

Now, as I understand it, I have to purchase CALs to connect to the TS. Is this correct? I have ordered five CALS to go with the five that have been applied to the server side(?).

I guess what I am asking is this- Do I need to purchase one server-side license and one client side license for each terminal services session I want to bring up? Is there any way I can bring up one terminal services session with the five that "come with" 2003 Server til I get more licenses?

Thanks again!

/john

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Hi John.

Terminal Services licensing can be a little hairy.  Assume you are going to be using TS in Application mode, since it is serving thin clients.  Although I do not use these dumb terminals, I believe that you will need 1) the Terminal Server license(only 1) which comes with the server and 2) Cals for each of the thin clients.  So to answer your question, you are correct.

As far as a short term solution, I believe that when installed, you can use 'temporary' licenses (from the license pool) for a time period of 90 days.

Does this answer your question?

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Thank you John.  That was quick.

Happy Holidays.

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