Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services

Posted on 2011-10-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
We currently have a Windows 2000 Terminal server that is being used for remote users to connect to (approx. 10 users max).  We currently do not have Term licenses for that server and is works fine.
I am in the process of building a a new TS running Windows 2008 R2 and I am not clear on the licesning of Remote Desktop services and just Remote Desktop.

Can someone tell me the difference in TSM and Remote Desktiop Services?  and also if we will be required to purchase licenses for our remote users or if it comes with licenses for clients to use.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:cqr213

    Author Comment

    Also, if I do have to add the Remote Desktop Service role, what subsets of it do I also need to add??
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    Expert Comment

    In the most simple way, you only need to add the remote desktop session host (To enable TS) and remote desktop licensing service because you don't have this service in other server.

    In windows 2000 TS uses a special way for licensing, you can have the server (TS server) and there you have the licenses for your clients that were different from Windows 2000. Windows 2000 machines has built in (if you now what I mean) the TS license, thats because you don't need to buy additional licenses for Windows 2000 server and windows 2000 clients.

    If you uses Windows 2008 RDS, if you use windows 2000 clients to connect to RDS server, then you don't need the TS license, because license is included with windows 2000 client. But if you uses differents operating systems, you need one license for every computer or one for every user. It depends of the ts mode you chose.

    Here some info

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    ok.  there will be no Windows 2000 clients connecting to the 2008 R2 TS.  only WinXP and Win7.

    So that means that we will have to get a license for each computer that will connect to it?  i was hoping that we wouldn't need to purchase anything else.
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes, you need to get a windows CAL for every computer that connect to your server and a RDS or TS CAL for every remote desktop connection.

    You can chose to get a device TS CAL if you have x PCs and many users can connect to your RDS server or a user TS CAL if your # of users is fixed and they could use many computers.

    In the first option the license is for the device (PC), in the second the license is for the user. It depends of your needs.

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