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SBS 2011 / Server 2008 R2 RDS Licensing

Despite my best efforts researching this on-line I'm still confused as to what licenses I will need with this configuration:

SBS 2011 STD with a second 2008 R2 server for RDS via the Prem add on. (I want the SQL later). I plan to setup the second server as a Hyper-V 1+1 with the VM being the RDS host. My thinking is this will allow me to add additional VM's should I need them.

The RDS Host VM is to house an Access 2007 inventory LOB app. The RDS clients are Panasonic thin client Toughbooks running XP Pro. They run 24/7 with 2 or 3 shifts per device. Looking at 7 devices with 11 total users.

Can I do the Hyper-V / RDS with the single 2008 R2 license from the Prem add on or will I need a second Server 2008 license? As there any option to downgrade the VM to Server 2003 with the 2008 license? The XP clients seem to like a server of their own generation vs server 2008.

The XP Pro thin clients only connect to the RDS host so do I need to have 7 SBS Prem CAL's and 7 RDS Device CAL's for them or are the RDS licenses enough?


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>>you will need to choose to liscense your RDS server one way or the other, (or have two RDS servers) then purchase the appropriate number of CALs of that type.

Having two RDS servers, one with each license type is an interesting idea that I hadn't thought of. With a 5 CAL pack costing about the same as a copy of Server 2008 it may be a good option. Thanks for the contact info, I'll give them a call.

Small Business Server (SBS) is a line of server operating systems targeted at small businesses by bundling the operating system with a number of other Microsoft products that would normally need to be purchased or licensed separately. The most notable inclusions are Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint and ISA/TMG (Microsoft's firewall and proxy server).

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