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Server 2008 R2 sp1 terminal server licensing question

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I have done a bit of research on the question below but have not found an answer that is simple enough for me to understand.

I am about to purchase a new Dell 2008 R2 sp1 server for a small office. I have 3 local users and 5 remote users. I need for my remote users to be able to login remotely using remote desktop to run Peachtree accounting on the server. My plan is to configure the server as a workgroup server instead of a domain controller due to the possible problems of running terminal server on a DC.

Do I need to purchase an extra 5 windows user cals (giving me a total of 10) for this server for 3 local users and 5 remote users or will the included 5 windows user cals cover my 3 local users and then would I need 5 rds cals for my remote users?

Another way of wording my question is will the terminal services licensing manager see and accept windows user cals or will I have to buy a rds cal for each remote user? Additionally, if I need a rds cal for each remote user, will I need a windows user cal for each local and remote user as well?
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Top Expert 2012
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You should contact Microsoft for any licensing questions you need. We can only give you an opinion of the licensing that is require by a company since we are not authorized to speak on licensing terms for the company itself. If you get audited you would not be able to fight in court stating you got licensing information from EE so, please contact MS for information about their licensing.

Here is a licensing book from MS.

From my understanding you would still need to purchase Windows Server CALs for the remote users
Win-Server-Lic-Book-customer-hi-.pdf
Gary ColtharpSr. Systems Engineer
Commented:
Well...legally speaking, yes....since 2008, windows servers dont keep track of user CAL's. Your remote users will need the Terminal Services CAL's however.

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I just spoke to Microsoft volume licensing. They confirmed that I need a windows user cal for each local and remote user as well as a rds cal for each remote user.

The gray area appears to be that windows servers dont keep track of user cals. I guess that means that the number of user cals you have for your server is completely arbitrary and not enforceable in any way.
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Correct they are not enforceable by a service but if you get audited then make sure you have the Windows CALs to show proof of purchase

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I appreciate all of the responses.

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