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I’m setting up Remote Desktop Services on Windows Server 2008 R2.  There will be about 50 users, but not all will be connecting at the same time.  Do I have to buy 50 licenses even though maybe 1/3 will be logged in at one time?
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I am afraid you will need 50 RDS CAL licenses.
See http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/licensing-terminal.aspx

specifically in the FAQ section:
Q.  I have 100 users who use our line-of-business application running on the RD Session Host. However, there are never more than 15 users at any one time connecting to it. How many RD Per User CALs do I need to buy?

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You need 100 RDS Per User CALs. Each user must have their own CAL; there is no concurrent CAL usage. However, if some of the users share computers, it may be more economical to use RDS Per Device CALs.


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