Enable more than 3 user connecting using Remote Desktop in Win2k3 Server Std. without Terminal Server Licensing

Hi All,

At the moment I'm trying to figure out to no avail of how to enable remote desktop into a single Windows Server 2003 Std. which is stand alone (not join to the domain) ?

currently i can do 2x Administrator Remote Desktop + 1x Administrator Logon locally (in front of the Server). What I want is that to enable multiple local user to have access using Remote desktop into it.

I don't have and not planning to have a terminal server in place so I wonder if there is any solution for this ?

Any idea would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
You enable the Application Mode and acquire the required TS CALs.

The limit of 2 is for those connecting to the box for administration purposes as per the EULA.

Another option is to have a Hyper-V or equivalent box enabled with dedicated desktop OS virtual machines hosting the needed applications. A differnet licensing model in this one.

Philip
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jjozAuthor Commented:
wow, I thought as much that I'd require Terminal Server licensing mode in this matter :-|
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jjozAuthor Commented:
OK, when I enabled the terminal server role, do i need to join the domain ?

because this machine will be deployed into a remote location which doesn't have AD on site?
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vikasjusCommented:
There is no need to connect system to domain. Just enable terminal service and get unlimited TS cals from MS site. it is valid for 120days.
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Mike KlineCommented:
not sure how big your shop is.  Do you have an Enterprise Agreement (EA), Upgrade Advantage (UA), or Software Assurance (SA) agreement covering your Windows desktops?
If you do then you can get the TS CALs as part of those agreements (they are included).  If you don't then you will need to spend some money.
Thanks
Mike
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jjozAuthor Commented:
it is just a small org. less than 60 users.
we are a Microsoft Registered Partner only and I know that we only had 10x additional CAL license certificate which I already installed in my office AD.

that is why I wonder if for this matter I can just install it on the test server and let my client use it without having to connect to my domain for Terminal Server gateway.
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vikasjusCommented:
You can not use install license on different hardware or terminal server because it is already register with microsoft so reuse of same lic on different server will not activate. So go for 120 days terminal lic. of expire of 120 days if you want you can uninstall and re-install TS and again it will be available for 120days.
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jjozAuthor Commented:
LOL, i didn't even knew about it :-) so it sounds like a Software flaw which can give us additional 120 days after the uninstall and restart.

thanks vikas.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
You will be placing your client into a precarious position licensing wise.

It is unwise to circumvent licensing structures to meet a need.

If this is a client, then it is your job to provide a solution that meets legitimate licensing boundaries.

Philip
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jjozAuthor Commented:
thanks for the idea guys.
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