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Does Windows Server 2008 R2 allow 2 RDP connections without buying a  license?

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I had read that by default Windows Server 2008 R2 allows 2 free RDP connections. I had thought that I only needed to buy an RDP license if we needed to have more than 2 people make RDP connections. Now that the 120 day license grace period  has expired I can no longer RDP to the server and get the attached message.
What is the solution?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Server 2008 offers 2 ADMINISTRATIVE connections - these are NOT meant for users.  If you want users to connect, you need to buy Terminal Server (Remote Desktop Services) Client Access Licenses.
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by:PDSWSS
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I am an administrator. That is why I don't understand this.
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Should have made it clearer that I am the admin of this Server.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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did you install the Terminal Services Role?  For administrative use, you DO NOT install the terminal services role.  (You had to in 2000, but since 2003, the admin connections have been present without the role specifically being installed.
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I assume that includes  RD Gateway, RD Web, Remote App, etc. Then yes. Is that the problem.
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I believe the RD Gateway requires CALs as well as the Remote App.  These are features that are not needed to remotely administer a machine but are commonly used to provide services to end users.
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OK. I am not using the Gateway or Remote App. Just a RDP connection to the Server. Do you know why I can not connect or how to resolve this?
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Remove the entire Remote Desktop Services role.  It's not needed for Remote Administration.
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Thanks for your input. That solution makes sense.
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