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I have a small client with a Windows 2008 server 64 bit (not r2), 10 users, AD, no exchange, no SQL. They have a ten user license and no TS licenses. Now a remote employee needs to access the sever in TS mode and work that way.

Since they didn't purchange TS/RDP licenses, can I just add his user account to the domain, add him to Remote Desktop User group and let him login?

If I setup the RDP broker/license mgr, it will ask for a license. What's the best way to resolve this?
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Does only 1 remote user need access?  You'd have to proceed cautiously and consider security but you could let the user remote desktop in by enabling remote desktop and doing some port forwarding on their external router.  Or you could set up a Windows VPN server or even open vpn (a free vpn solution)...
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Yes, I forgot to mention, we would open 3390 on the firewal and forward that to the server. They don't have the budget for a VPN server.

If I just checked the box for rempte desktop server in system properties, and added him to remote desktop users, then I don't have to do anything with rdp manager/broker/lisence mgr?
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correct.  you'd have to make sure the networking was configured correctly to ensure he/she could get in from the outside, but basically they'd be using remote desktop which can be done by 2 people to the same box without the need for ts licensing.
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That's right you don't need anything else. However it will run in remotely administration mode (two concurrent connection).

RDP Manager is used to manage user sessions, Broker is required for load balancing, License manager is required when you install/manage TS licenses.
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Sorry bill_lynch - didn't refresh the page before submitting.
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If I want to setup the remote user so he does not have administrative access, can this be done or do I need to perform the full RDP setup (manager, license,broker)?
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User can still access RDP server without having Administrative access. You only need to ensure that user is member of "Remote Desktop Users" group.
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1. Also check if the RDP server has proper IP to make user to access it from the remote ( Server needs to have Public IP to access outside of the Network or NAT needs to be configured ).
2. If the user is not member of Administrator, then you need to grant permission for the User to logon to the server " Right to Logon Locally ".Refer the below link to grant user to logon to the Server.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee957044(v=ws.10).aspx
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I will be testing the suggestions tomorrow to see what works the best. I'll let you know what happens.
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