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RDS on SBS 2011 Essentials migrate to 2008r2 foundation

OK, here is the deal. Have a client who has a young guy that knows enough about servers to be dangerous. They only call me when things have gone really bad, and that is where we are at.

He talked to owner into buying a Dell pre-configured SBS2011 Essentials server. He could not make RDS work, which as we know RDS is not allowed on SBS2011 server (except for 2 administrators to use. So he thought it was a CAL issue so bought 2 5user CALS, installed them on server and still no go.

Owner is unhappy and has called me. I indicated that he would have to purchase Win2008r2 foundation as the RDS server. He does not want to spend any more money on hardware, so it would be a OS purchase only.

My question, how do I migrate the licenses from the SBS2011 server, shut it down, wipe and reload Win2008r2 foundation and add the CAL's to this install.

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Good point, sorry I overlooked that Cliff.
Better option, again assuming you have less than 15 users, would be to buy a new server with Foundation server pre-installed and join it to the existing domain, as it can only be purchased via OEM.  The existing Licensing server for RDS, if set up on the SBS, can still be used.  The RDS Licensing service does not have to be installed on the RDS server. Assuming it was RDS CAL's you already bought, you would not have to buy any RDS or server CAL's.

However keep in mind RDS like lots of RAM, many Foundation Servers are entry level servers that may not support much RAM.

Also consider that although Foundation Server can be a DC it is VERY strongly discouraged putting RDS services on a DC, so with only Foundation you are technically a server short.

If your server supports virtualization and has sufficient RAM you could instead buy Server 2012 std which comes with licensing for a Hyper-V host and 2 server 2012 std virtual machines.  One can be a domain controller and file and print server and the other an RDS server.  However being 2012 you would need server and RDS CALs.
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Thanks all, was hoping there was a loophole. Looks like this will be a bit more expensive for my client, but hopefully will get them to contact me first before doing things in the future.