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Terminal Licensing / CAL question

fcqmax
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I'm unsure about Microsoft terminal servers so hope someone can explain it a bit more.

What I need is Microsoft terminal server so that each client can have their own Windows session while using the applications on the server. What I'm unsure of is pricing and backwards compatibilty. Lets say I already have Windows 2000 - 25 CAL. Do the clients have to be on Windows 2000 as well to connect to the server? Or it doesn't matter? The terminal server only counts how many sessions there are and the terminal client could be on any OS (linux/mac/windows/pocket pc..etc.)? So actually the terminal client is a "free" application?
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If you TS server is Windows 2000, you will need Windows 2000  TS CALS.

If you TS server is Windows 2003, you will need Windows 2003 Ts CALS.

Do the clients have to be on Windows 2000 as well to connect to the server?  No, the clients can be any platform.  The CALS are associated with the TS server itself.  You can have Windows 2000 professional clients attach to a Windows 2003 TS server...and you will have to buy Windows 2003 TS CALS.

The terminal server only counts how many sessions there are and the terminal client could be on any OS (linux/mac/windows/pocket pc..etc.)?   Yes....

So actually the terminal client is a "free" application?  The client is free...but you have to license the TS server for each connection.

Here is some good information for you ...please read through this:  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/community/centers/terminal/terminal_faq.mspx

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