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Server 2003 terminal server licensing with 2008 R2 DC

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I have a Server 2008 R2 DC with a Server 2003 Terminal Server joined to the domain. I have been told i can't purchase Server 2003 TS CALS anymore and that the SERVER 2008 RDS CALS are backwards compatible.

How do i install/configure 2008 RDS CALS to work for the 2003 TS?
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Question by:Joe Sorensen
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by:Joe Sorensen
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Secondly the licensing server is located on the Server 2003 box currently but has NO user CALS installed right now.
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by:pdog42
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That is correct , it will work on your 2003 server. Go to terminal services licensing and add the license in there, just install.
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by:Joe Sorensen
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these will be Open Licenses purchased from a partner. Server 2003 will recognize the 2008 RDS CALS without problem? Or will i need to move the licensing server over to the 2008 R2 box?
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by:Darius Ghassem
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You must have a Windows 2008 Server as a RDS license server to serve TS CALs to 2008 Servers.
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by:Joe Sorensen
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i don't need to server 2008 terminal servers just the 1 2003 server

The 2008 server currently has AD, DHCP, DNS, PRINT, FILE Server roles

The 2003 server currently has FILE, PRINT, Terminal Services, and TS Licensing on it

I need to purchase 5 TS CALS for users that will log into the 2003 server but have been told i can't purchase those anymore. They have also said that if i buy 5 2008 RDS cals that they will be backwards compatible with server 2003

---> BUT <-----

I need to know how to register the licenses. When i look in the TS Licensing on the 2003 box i see no mention of 2008 RDS licenses under the "types" drop down box (retail, educational, etc etc)
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Darius Ghassem earned 500 total points
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You must downgrade those RDS licenses by calling the MS clearing house which will then give you the key to downgrade.

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by:Joe Sorensen
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they will give us keys that i can then install directly on the 2003 server?
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Yes, since you will be downgrading. You can go to the eOpen licensing site as well and add your licensing to the site which should give you the ability to downgrade from there as well.
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