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2008 R2 Remote Destkop Services External Connector

We would like to set up a new Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Server.  We have around 250 people that need to connect.

Our scenario:

- Single 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Server

- This server will host one application that needs to get to a database on another server and users need to connect to a file share on a third server.

- We would like to use the Remote Desktop External Connector.

- The Remote Desktop Server computer is a member of our domain, prodata.local.

- The users are CLIENTS, not employees.  They are CLIENTS.  People that pay us money for services we provide.  We are providing the Remote Desktop Server a part of our service so they can pull their own reports and so forth from the application aforementioned.

-  All clients have a domain user account in our domain, prodata.local.

-  The users connecting to us in most cases do not have their own Windows domain.  They are small peer-to-peer networks of 3 - 8 computers, most still running Windows XP.

Can we use the External Connector in our scenario?  I have had several conversations and have yet to receive a straight answer.  Here is what I've been told so far:

*  Sure!  Just install that Connector and that puppy will open right on up and allow unlimited users!

*  This will allow unlimited external users but internal users, employees, will be blocked.  The way the server tells the difference between external users and employees is by <insert very hard to understand and barely believable process here >

*  You'll have unlimited external users and employees won't be able to connect at all.  Furthermore, external users can't access file shares and stuff.  Just because they have domain accounts means nothing.  The Session host provides its own permissions.  You'll have to mirror that file share somewhere for external users.

See what I mean?  Can someone shed some light on this?  I would very much appreciate it if the people that answer would be those who have actually done this before and have practical knowledge.  

JamesNT
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8/22/2022 - Mon
David Johnson, CD

3 EC licenses will be required (one for each server)
Yes, Unlimited Users, Users cannot be employees or contractors.. Don't have a clue if employees are blocked.. but it is a violation of the TOS.

So it looks like a viable alternative to RDS user CALS in this scenario (about 1/2 price

CAL calculator (User)
If the count includes external access:
a) If a Windows Server EC is assigned to the server (Volume Licensing only), subtract all users who are not employees or on-site contractors and agents.
b) Subtract unauthenticated external users, as these do not require a CAL.



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JamesNT

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What 3 EC licenses?  The only ones I know of that I need for each server are:

*  Remote Desktop External Connector
*  Windows Server External Connector

What's the third one?

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The External Connector for RDS is starting to sound pretty useless......

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Yeah, it really is.  They charge $10k/server for a connector that almost can't be used..  You don't need the RDS licenses with it, but the ability to use it for individual users with individualized settings is just not there.  :-\

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Coralon,

Looks like I found an article from Citrix that backs you up.

http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX105499

JamesNT