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licence terminal services 2008 R2

Hi there,

I have a client which we now require the deploy terminal services so that they can access their desktop from their laptops when out of the office.

I have used terminal services in server 2003 and i understand that there is a 90 day grace period.

Only 3 users will need remote access to the server for terminal services. We want to purchase just the 3 user licences.

Is there a minimum requirement for this? and do the licences need to be entered using a key and activation?

Also is there still the grace period for terminal services?

ideally we want to setup terminal services and test it. once we are happy then purchase the licences.

Thanks,

Mike
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Svet PaperovIT ManagerCommented:
Yes, there is a grace period with RDS 2008 R2 too and you need CALs after the grace expires. I am not sure, you could verify that with your vendor, but there is a minimum pack of 5 CALs and if you are using volume licensing, the minimum is definitely 5 CALs.  

Another point to consider: RDS in 2008 R2 relies on Hyper-V technology for RD Session Host, so it cannot be virtualized and the physical server where it is installed needs to support hardware virtualization. TS in 2008 (not R2), however, can be virtualized.
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BertlingAuthor Commented:
thanks,

the physical server does indeed support virtualisation.

are you saying that we are doing to need another server and server 2008 R2 licence to run terminal services now?

in 2003 you could use just the 1 server?

thanks,

mike
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Svet PaperovIT ManagerCommented:
No, you don’t. What I am saying is that we cannot run the whole RDS in virtual machine anymore as it was with TS of 2003 and 2008. It requires its own physical server for RD Session Host role service. Other role services (as RDS License server) could, however, be run on virtual machines but in such small environment, I presume you would like to run all RDS role services on the same host.

So, if you have a dedicated physical server for RDS you are OK.
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BertlingAuthor Commented:
ok great that is fine.

When we do come to licence the terminal service and activate it will MS provide us with a Key to enter? or is it much like licencing on a server where you just put the number of users who will connect and no activation is required?

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Svet PaperovIT ManagerCommented:
Yes, you will have a key to enter and activate as it was with TS on 2003. You will also have to choose as well between Device and User CALs when you purchase the licenses as it was with TS.
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