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I have a dedicated Windows Server 2003 R2 hosted by a 3rd Party.

I wish to configure it so clients can log on and use my software via Terminal Services. I have contacted the hosting company who tell me I need to purchase additional CAL's as I only have the two standard administrator CAL's.

So far this all seems pretty simple. I went to Microsoft to educate myself on the Licensing model: http://www.microsoft.com/windows server2003/howtobuy/licensing/ts2003.mspx

So, I need to purchase some TS CAL Licenses for windows 2003 Standard edition.

This is where the confusion starts.Sites like ebuyer and Dabs, sell CALs but these are mainly OEM cals, now presumably these are no good for me as my Server has a non OEM version of windows.

The more sites I visit the more conflicting information I come across so please can some one answer the following:

Do my CALs need to Non OEM or will OEM be ok?
Do my CAL's need to be specific CAL's for TS or will ordinary Windows (user/device) CALs work?
How much should I be paying per CAL, from what I have seen the prices vary from £20 to £120 each?

Some links to reputable sites would be helpful.

Thanks,
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for your first question i believe you can use either not to sure thou
second one you will need TS cals , the ordinary cals for windows are based on how many can access the server shared or something like that cant remember all of it.
third one im normally scared of sites that sell them to cheap i would buy them from a big known company just incase. pcmall,cdw,etc
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Thanks for the info EfrenM

I would prefer to purchase the TS CALs from a reputable UK company, can someone please provide some links?

I have tried DABS, MISCO, Ebuyer and PC World (Business) but cant find any Widows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition Terminal ServerCALs. Which I think is a bit odd.. Am I missing something?
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Can anyone else provide any more insight into this question?
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