Server 2008 Remote Desktop Licensing

Hey guys,

I am running Remote Desktop Services on my Server 2008 R2 Foundation Edition server. I installed 3 Open Licensing RDP Device CALs on the server.

When I connect with Windows Mobile 6.5 Device using RDP, the License Manager doesn't show any licenses used.

When I connect with my Windows XP Pro laptop using RDP, it issues a temporary license that is going to expire in 90 or so days.

I am expecting it to say 2 or 3 licenses issued. One for the Windows Mobile and one for the Windows XP. What gives?
triphenAsked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Is the license server running?
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zalazarCommented:
Windows Mobile 6.5 most probably does not require a RDP license for connecting to a Windows 2008 R2 server.

For Windows XP Pro, this client is probably using a temporary license as temporary licenses are valid for 90 days.
If you maybe did connect to the server before the licenses were installed than because no licenses were available a temporary one was issued.
After the 90 day period this license will be automatically converted to a permanent license.

Note:
A permanent license will be issued for a random number between 52 and 89.
If the expiration date is within 7 days of the current date, the Terminal Server connects to the license server to renew the license for another random period of 52 to 89 days.
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triphenAuthor Commented:
zalazar

How sure are your statement?

"Windows Mobile 6.5 most probably does not require a RDP license for connecting to a Windows 2008 R2 server."



Thanks for the WIndows XP info....
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zalazarCommented:
I searched on the Internet but couldn't find any information about it unfortunately.
I have read that also for Mobile devices licenses are necessary but couldn't find information about registration at the license server.
http://searchenterprisedesktop.techtarget.com/tip/Tablet-licensing-rules-with-Microsoft-Office

About converting the license to a permanent one. According to this article the temporary license will be converted to a permanent one the next time it connects and permenant licenses are available.
http://www.virtualizationadmin.com/articles-tutorials/terminal-services/licensing/troubleshooting-terminal-server-licensing-issues-part2.html
This article gives the same info however both articles are for Windows 2003.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/187614/en-us
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Nothing comes with CALs since 2000.

*IS THE LICENSE SERVER RUNNING?*

I'll rephrase

*IS IT RUNNING PROPERLY*?  Have you checked event logs
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triphenAuthor Commented:
Yes, nothing in the Event Logs.

I have now connected 3 windows Mobile 6.5 devices and none of them have been issued a license. Maybe it's true that you dont need CALs for the Windows Mobile devices?
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zalazarCommented:
I'm still not sure about Mobile 6.5 unfortunately.
What you maybe would expect is that the Windows XP computer will get licensed if there are available licenses. I suppose you are not connecting with Windows XP in /admin mode.
I was looking on the Internet if it could have something to do with the 2008 R2 Foundation Edition version you are using but couldn't get any useful info so far.
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triphenAuthor Commented:
Ya I cant find anything either..... :/
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