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?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Is the license server running?
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.

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:

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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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.

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.
This article gives the same info however both articles are for Windows 2003.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Nothing comes with CALs since 2000.


I'll rephrase

*IS IT RUNNING PROPERLY*?  Have you checked event logs
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?
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.
triphenAuthor Commented:
Ya I cant find anything either..... :/
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