SQL 2008 R2 CALs - how to license a terminal server

Posted on 2012-09-07
Last Modified: 2012-10-18
Scenario - App is installed on a Windows 2008 RDS server.  There could be 5 simultaneous users of this app.  The app connects to a dedicated SQL 2008 R2 server.  The question is how to license the users on RDS.  How many CALs are needed?

Choice 1 - 1 x SQL 2008 R2 device CAL is needed to license for all RD users.

Choice 2 - 5 x SQL 2008 R2 users CALs are needed for each RD user.
Question by:epmmis
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    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    choice 1 if per user, choice 2 if per device CAL
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    you need as many SQL licenses as you have users that will connect to published application. this is terminal server (remote desktop services) and you cannot use 1 device license and you'd be covered. You need license for every device/user that directly or indirectly (in your case) connects to SQL server.

    So if you have 5 users, than you need 5 SQL licenses (and 5 for XenApp and 5 for RDS). If you have 30 users, but only 5 will be concurrent, you still need 30 SQL licenses (and 30 for RDS and 5 for XenApp)

    Author Comment

    Zoubi77 do you have a reference for your answer?

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    Gave you a c because you did not provide reference for your statement

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