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Setting new server 2012 r2 essentials with 5 user over session based VDI

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I have server 2012 r2 essentials installed on hp proliant server and 5 physical computers with windows 8, 8.1 and 7 premium.
I want to connect all the 5 to the server over session based vdi - with no success.
I spoke to Microsoft and they told me I have to purchase a: "windows server 2012 remote desktop services 5 user cal" that is $919.06..

The questions are:
1. do they right and that's what I should do?
2. don't the 25 users permission that comes with the server 2012 r2 essentials supposed to cover it?
3. Did I get the right version of the server OS or maybe should I get the Standard edition?

BTW all the computers are on the same lan.
Its just a small office.

Thanx a lot, Tosaf.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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RDS (to the server)/VDI is not available on Essentials (should not be used).

If you want VDI (why?  for a 5 user network) then you need the CALs and another server.
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by:Tosaf
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so, do I need to purchase the standard edition + cals for $919?
doesn't the standard comes with 5 cals?
what type of cals do I need?
cant I just add cals to essential?
thanx.
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> do I need to purchase the standard edition + cals for $919?
As I understand what you've posted and what to do, yes.

> doesn't the standard comes with 5 cals?
Server used to come with 5 CALs for accessing the server NOT for VDI - VDI/RDS is an ADDITIVE CAL and not included with the base CALs in any version of Windows.

> what type of cals do I need?
Best to describe what you want to do and how to a Microsoft reseller who has the indepth resources to answer your licensing questions.  (See my disclaimer above)

> cant I just add cals to essential?
No - you can transmog Essentials into standard but you do that with a license key for full windows server and even then you cannot run RDS/VDI on the box without breaking it.
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Thanx a lot for the fast response!
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