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I have a client who purchased SBS 2008 for future use of SQL (a couple of years or more away) and they will never use Exchange.

They have 10 users running a very old c-tree ap that is not possible to upgrade.

I have RDP working with their ap for two admins, but they want to put 5 people on RDP since their application is dramatically faster using the two admin RDP's on the SBS server vs. any workstation (we tried, e.g., Windows 7 pro on a quad Xeon just for a test was slow and XP Pro was slow). Thus it is required that we run the ap on the SBS server 2008, which hosts the ap "server" program.  

Though Microsoft says one should not run RDP on an SBS Server 2008, my question is, is it possible to do so?  In other words, can I license a 5 user Terminal Server on SBS 2008?  I do not wish to add or replace the SBS 2008 because we wish to avoid additional costs.

The SBS Server 2008 has 6 GB of RAM, 1TB of iscsi disk, and is a Quad Xeon 5600, i.e., it is fast.  Again, anytime we install the workstation ap on any other machine, it is very slow - even in a vmware environment on the same Server Xeon machine.  The ap requires roughly 2 GB memory, but the RDP memory useage is insignificant.

Any comments are apprecaited.

Thanks.
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>>"In other words, can I license a 5 user Terminal Server on SBS 2008?"
No in order to do so you have to install the terminal services role which you cannot do on an SBS.
You require a separate terminal server on server std.
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Yes, that is what I thought.  Bummer.

I suppose I will reinstall and put all of this on a Server 2008 Standard using Premium.
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If you have SBS premium and a server with enough "horsepower" a common configuration is to create a Server 2008 std host, install the Hyper-V role, then create and SBS 2008 and a Server 2008 std virtual machine, then install the TS role on the latter. This works very well and SBS 2008 premium has the all required licenses to do so including th 5 Server CAL's, except the TS CAL's.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2008/09/15/sbs-2008-and-virtualization.aspx
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That's interesting.  I actually have a vmware essentials plus platform on two hosts for the purpose of H.A.  I think I will try just using the Server 2008 standard R2 and assign TS to this.  I suspect that should work.
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Thanks.
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>>"I think I will try just using the Server 2008 standard R2 and assign TS to this."
That will work fine, or actually better. Actually SBS premium only comes with 2008 pre R2. R2 with SP1 (still in beta) will add some great TS features like Remote FX (incredible perform ace and access to external devices).

Thanks jwilcox784.
Cheers!
--Rob
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