AV lic on Terminal server

Posted on 2012-09-11
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
If there are 50 linux thin clients connecting to a Terminal Server , do we need to buy 50 paper licenses for Anti virus
Question by:lee71
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    You don't indicate if you're looking at a specific solution, but generally speaking - yes.  Each session protected by an AV solution should have a license.  Depending on the AV vendor, there may be alternative licensing schemes (e.g., Enterprise license covering 'x' number of users, or concurrent user licensing) that may be lower cost than direct one-to-one licensing.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    No one here can answer that without knowing what AV product you're using - each company's license terms can be different.  EVEN THEN, anything we tell you is NOT binding no matter how well we think we know and/or can understand what is in a licensing document.  The only people who can answer your question to a degree you should feel confident in the answer is the makers of the Antivirus software.

    Just for good measure:
    DISCLAIMER: Licensing advice offered here is a "best effort" and based on the understanding of the respondents. Licenses can change and we may not be aware of these changes or may misunderstand them. Further, licenses can differ by country and/or region and what we understand to be true in our region could be false in your region. "they told me on Experts-Exchange" will not be a valid defense in a software audit.  All licensing questions should be confirmed with the appropriate licensing authority (the maker of the software/issuer of the license).
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    50 linux devices connecting to a terminal server.

    assuming 50 sessions (1 per connecting device), then 50 licenses

    if you have 200 people connecting through the 50 devices, then you could need 200 licenses.

    It depends on where the software is installed;
    If you install it on the Linux devices, then you only license as per the terms - usually 1 install = 1 license.
    If you install it on the terminal server, then you need to ensure the software can work effectly in a terminal server environment. Ive seen poor software not manage the shared resources correctly and eat most of the servers disk accesses. This to one side, the specific number of licenses depend on the specific product, but generally 1 session = 1 license

    by session I dont mean concurrent session, I mean total people who 'can' connect. Again this could be different from those who 'do' connect.

    hope this helps.

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