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I have a single SBS 2011 that I need multiple users to be able to log into via Terminal Services. Apparently, this is not possible in the Standard Edition. It seems as though I can enable this feature with the Premium Addon (see http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/8592.sbs-2011-premium-add-on-faq.aspx Q "Can I install and use Windows Server Remote Desktop Server (RDS) Session Host on my Premium Add-on server?"). I can't seem to find out how I can add this to my existing installation. Is it simply a serial number that needs to be inputted in order to activate the additional features? Sorry if this is a silly question.

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You have missed the key point of the premium add on.
It isn't installing the feature on your EXISTING server, it is installing the feature on to a new server.
The premium addon is an additional Windows 2008 R2 licence (Along with SQL) which you can install on to another physical server. You will also need to get RDS CALs. It does not allow you to take your existing SBS server and use it as a terminal server - which would be a very bad idea even if you could.

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So, how is this different from simply setting up another Windows 2008 R2 member server and adding RDS CALs to it?
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Why wouldn't I just buy a new Server 2008 Standard license?
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It isn't different at all, as it is just the same.
The main reason people buy the premium addon is for SQL, as it is cheaper than purchasing SQL standalone. SQL can be a resource hog, so the idea is that you have another server for SQL server. I don't think I have ever deployed the addon for RDS only, unless the SQL licence was used on the main server.

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