Server 2008 Foundation Edition Terminal Services Licensing

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I recently purchased a Dell Server preloaded with Server 2008 Foundation Edition with 64 bit.
I want clients on the same LAN to connect to it via Remote Desktop to launch an application. Do I need TS CALs for this? I have read other forums on the subject and I am really confused. Some people say you need TS CALs some people say 15 users can connect to the Foundation edition and it doesn't matter what method (file sharing, RDP, etc). Also with no TS CALs loaded, I am able to connect at least one RDP session, I haven't tried any more. What is the correct answer to this issue?
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http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/r2-compare-features.aspx

As you can see, Foundation has Terminal Server capability but you need to buy the RDS CALS to use it.  It will not come with any as part of the package.

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"Also with no TS CALs loaded, I am able to connect at least one RDP session, I haven't tried any more."

How come I was able to use it with one device with no problems?
You are allowed two sessions for management purposes.
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Does it state this anywhere? Can you link me?
No - try using a search engine.

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I looked everywhere bro, I cant find a single site that mentions what you are saying. Can you provide a source to your post?
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770759.aspx

The following are limitations of Remote Desktop for Administration:

    The default connection (RDP-Tcp) only allows a maximum of two simultaneous remote connections.



2 out of 10 for effort - you really must try harder.

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Thank you!

Is it possible to purchase only 1 license for terminal services or is it a minimum of 5?
you need to talk to your Microsoft reseller as licensing is a minefield and changes all the time and is dependant on the licensing model you are subscribed to.

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