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Are Windows 2003 R2 Terminal Server licenses compatible with a MS SBS 2008 Premium?

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Can I use an existing Windows Server 2003 with Terminal Server installed to act as Terminal Server for a Windows SBS 2008 Premium?

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Gerrit
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by:Lee W, MVP
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If you mean that you CURRENTLY have a Windows Server 2003 server with Terminal Services enabled and you want to use it as a member server providing terminal services access in an SBS domain, then YES, you should be fine to continue as you like.
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Does this go for a SBS 2008 as well?
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Please be more specific - does WHAT go for SBS 2008?  

SBS 2008 CANNOT be a terminal server.

And Terminal Server CALs only are valid for the version of Windows Server you purchased (and usually they include downgrade rights, so you could, in theory, purchase 2008 Terminal Server (TS) CALs and apply them to a 2003 server, but NOT 2003 TS CALs to a 2008 TS
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Are there any (affordable) alternatives for Terminal Server?
I need to connect up to 15 users to the SBS via Remote Connection.

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You cannot connect Remote Desktop sessions for users to the SBS server.  It's not permitted.  RDP Application mode is NOT supported on SBS servers.

IF you have a Server running Terminal Services on 2003, you can continue to use that server.  

OTHERWISE, you do have choices:

1.  Purchase an expensive server and 15 licenses for a client OS (such as XP Pro) and allow users to RDP into a dedicated virtual machine.
2.  Purchase 15 physical computers and have users connect remotely to one each.
3.  Purchase a server that is configured with appropriate client access licenses.

If you need to run Windows, those are your options.  
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My SBS kis 2003, did I understand one cannot connect to SBS 2008 with Terminal Services on the Windows Server 2003 R2?
Or should I just buy a license for a Terminal Server 2008 and install it on the Windows Server 2003 R2?

Are there any other ways to connect without using Terminal Services?
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My SBS kis 2003, did I understand one cannot connect to SBS 2008 with Terminal Services on the Windows Server 2003 R2?
Or should I just buy a license for a Terminal Server 2008 and install it on the Windows Server 2003 R2?

Are there any other ways to connect without using Terminal Services?
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SBS servers - 2003 and 2008 - only support 2 ADMINISTRATIVE connections to the server.

The Server 2003 server - if you have one - CAN join the SBS domain (2003 or 2008) and it CAN host terminal services for your users.  
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