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Posted on 2011-09-29
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My present configuration
Network with 3 DCs, 1 Windows 2008 R2, and 2 Windows 2003 SP2

I have 3 TSE Windows 2003 SP2 member servers (5 TSE users, 10 TSE users, 15 TSE users)
One of thse TSE servers is the TSE licencing server (per user)

I plan to add a new TSE Windows 2008 R2 member server wuth 10 new TSE CAL 2008 user

Question 1
Is it better to add my 10 new CAL 2008 licences to the 2003 existing licencing server , or to define the new 2008 TSE as another TSE licencing server for the new CAL? Which solution is better?

QUestion 2
I will buy also 9 Office 2010 Standard Open and 1 Office 2010 Professionnal Open (for a single user needing Access). How do I install this on the TSE? I cannot install 2 different Offices on the same server ?

thank you
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by:Lester_Clayton
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Licensing in Windows 2008 R2 is slightly different than Windows 2003 when it comes to RDS (TSE) User or Computer CAL's.  More importantly however, Windows 2003 License server does not support Windows 2008 Licenses, but Windows 2008 License server does support windows 2003 licenses.

You have no choice but to install Terminal Services Licensing on a Windows 2008 R2 server and activate it with your new licenses.  You then have the ability to add the other agreements that you have.  You may need to deactivate these licenses on their current license server.  You can also choose to just run two license servers for simplicity - the existing one to support your existing Windows 2003, and a new one for your Windows 2008 R2, plus future Windows 2008 R2.

To answer your second question - I believe you can install two different versions of office on the same server, however you will need to specify a different folder for the second version.  What you can't do however is mix x86 Office and x64 office versions on the same physical computer.  There is a common files folder which will be common to all editions of office, but they must be the same architecture.

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by:gadsad
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Thank you for your clear answer to question 1

For question 2 I plan to install only Office 2010 Professionnal; this will allow everyone to work with its needed application. Can I do that ? (because I am not confortable for installing 2 different Offices on same server)

Thanks again
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Another point you may know

It seems that  Windows 2003 TSE user CAL are not managed. That means that any number of computer can connect to the TSE server whatever the number of TSE licences installed

It is the same for Windows 2008 R2 RDS/TSE user CAL ?
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by:Lester_Clayton
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Regarding the office - yes it will allow everyone to work with it's needed application.  What you could do is install Office Professional and only give the 1 user access to the extra applications which are non-standard.

Any number of computers can connect, that's right.  It's the usernames which are counted in a User CAL.

If it were a Workstation CAL, then workstations would be counted, and you could have unlimited users.
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To make it simple, In my configuration 1 computer = 1 user

If a have 10 users CAL 2008, no more than 10 users will be able to connect to the terminal server? Or will I be able to connect 11 users ?

I do know that by connecting 11 users I will not meet the licence agreement since I have 10 users CAL, but I want to know if technically 11 users/computers will connect -as with 2003 CAL - or will not connect

Thak you again

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It will allow you to log in even if you exceed your licenses.

An RDS Per User CAL gives one user the right to access an RD Session Host server from an unlimited number of client computers or devices. RDS Per User CALs are not enforced by RD Licensing. As a result, client connections can occur regardless of the number of RDS Per User CALs installed on the license server. This does not absolve administrators from Microsoft Software License Terms requirements to have a valid RDS Per User CAL for each user. Failure to have an RDS Per User CAL for each user, if Per User licensing mode is being used, is a violation of the license terms.

Taken from Remote Desktop Licensing Manager help file.
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Thanks a lot
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