We have purchased few TSCAL Licenses ( Windows 2012) from Microsoft. We already have a TS License server configured on our Domain Controller (Windows 2003). We have installed Windows 2008R2 on few boxes.
Q.1: Can we add those new licenses add to our existing Win 2003 License server?
Q.2: If not, do we need to create a new License server for this on a newly Installed 2008 R2 server? How do I do that? Can you please help me in step by step installation procedure?
Q.3: When we see these User Cal licenses, we see its mentioned Windows 2012, Will those work with Windows 2008 R2 servers?
Q.4: Does that mean, they are forward compatible with Windows 2012 Servers?
I spoke to Microsoft on this and they told if I need install those 2012 licenses on a 2008R2 box then we need to downgrade those licenses to 2008 R2 level and then we can use them, However we cant upgrade them in future.
I am thinking to create a Win 2k12 box and add RDS Licensing Role on that, That would take 2012 licenses for sure. Now comes another question: If I do that will in that case my W2K8R2 boxes be able to pull their required licenses? I happen to find a TechNet answer on that same issue; here it is:
So it seems that it would do my job.
Now my next question is, will there be any specific port that needs to be opened on the server since it will communicate to MS Clearinghouse if I understand correctly?
What's your view?