terminal server vs other servers

Wnat is terminal server and how does it differ from Windows server.

Is RDC equivalent of TS?

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stevebradburyCommented:
Terminal services allows multiple users to connect to and run a session on a windows server.  It's a role installed on top of windows server.

Remote Desktop Services (2008 R2) is the replacement to terminal services.

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Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:
Terminal server is a component/role of Windows Server just like many other roles that a Windows Server can take on, e.g. File server, Domain controller, etc.

Here is a quick easy read for terminal services on a windows 2003 server: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc775904(WS.10).aspx

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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
stevebradbury,
Isn't Remote Desktop Services even there in 2003?
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
RDC has a limit of 2 sessions (Apart from console usage). How about TS?
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Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:
That's default remote access for remote administration primarily, but it is the same service. If you want to add more available connections you need to add more licenses.

1. Purchase your licenses through Microsoft Licensing or some other 3rd party distributor, e.g. Ingram Micro, Tech Data, etc.
2. Open up Terminal Server Licensing: START MENU | PROGRAMS | ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS | Terminal Server Licensing
3. Right click on the server node and click Install Licenses
4. Run through the wizard and add the licenses you purchased.

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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
so would you say RDC is the default program that comes in, and when you expand it with more licenses, it is called TS?
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Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:
Terminal Services is the server service you connect to using the Remote Desktop client or remote desktop protocol. You cannot connect to your server using remote desktop without the server running Terminal Services, which it runs by default. If you want to connect to the server with more than just 2 sessions at a time you need to add more licenses. Technically, those sessions are dedicated for administration and not really for using the server as a Terminal server in the traditional definition of what a terminal server is.

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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much for your patient clarification.
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