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W2K8 Terminal Server in W2K3 environment

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Dear experts,

Have a question regarding TS licensing.

I am looking after a W2K3 domain, with several TS servers already in place. We have sufficient TS CALs for all TS users (of course they are all TS CALs for 2003).

We have recently bought a W2K8 server and it has been joined to the domain. It comes with 5 CALs (2008!!) but no one is accessing it at the moment only me as the administrator. Now we want to use that as a Terminal Server for nominated staffs. I will go and buy 5 TS CALs for 2008 (assuming only 5 people will access that 2008 TS server).

My questions are that, given we already have a TS licensing server holding all our 2003 TS CALs, if I purchased 5 2008 TS CALs will that interfere with existing 2003 CALs? Shall I install the 2008 TS CALs to the same TS Licensing server (so it holds 50 2003 TS CALS and 5 2008 TS CALs) or shall I install them on the 2008 box?

It is a bit confusing I understand but there is no way we can upgrade all CALs at once. Any advice will be very much appreciated.

Thanks.
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You'll have to have a W2k8 TS licensing server to run a W2k8 terminal server, so the question whether to install the W2k8 TS CALs on the current licensing server is somewhat moot...
You can install TS licensing either on the terminal server itself or on another W2k8 machine.
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Thanks for your prompt reply. Just to clarify, I can install the TS licenses on the 2008 server itself, which means I will have TWO licensing servers?
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Yes. You'll have to point the W2k8 terminal server to its license server (itself, that is) manually, but otherwise there should be no problems.
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