Attach 2008 Terminal Server to a 2003 TS License Server??

Posted on 2011-04-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We have a client with 3 locations.
All locations are connected by VPNS.

The original home base location is running 2003 STD server with 10 TS Licenses.

We have installed a new 2008 server at location 3.
Can we connect the 2008 license server to the 2003 as office1 and 2 are?
They want to keep using the 10 TS licenses for now shared between the 3 sites
Question by:j-teksolutions
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    by:Darius Ghassem
    No you must have a Windows 2008 Server  Terminal Server licensing server to hand out Windows 2008 Server TS CALs. Windows 2003 TS servers CALs are not valid with 2008 TS Servers.

    You must purchase 2008 TS CALs and run 2008 TS licensing server. The 2008 TS license server can hand out 2003 TS CALs though

    Author Comment

    I was afraid of that - so I need to break it to the customer that they would need to have another 5 pack or 10 pack of TS cals added to the 2008 server?
    If we upgrade the second office as well that 2008 server can connect to our newly licensed 08 server correct?  Then we are only down to one 2003 server left at location 1
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes, it would.
    The clients need to pull down the CAL once.
    Just ensure, what  kind of CALs you are going for.

    Per Device or Per User, as Windows 2008 onwards Per User Licensing is tracked.
    Un like Windows 2003, which gave an "illegal" unlimited CAL count.

    Author Comment

    what would you recommend in this scenario - the users are all sharing the same login - however they are physically working at different pcs at each location
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    Expert Comment

    Per Device!

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks relicensing

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