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Which 2012 server edition supports Terminal services licensing ?

Posted on 2014-01-27
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Im planning a setup using 2012 server Essentials as a terminal server.

I need to know if I can use 2012 server Essentials as a terminal server for 7 users - so they have each RDP sessions when connected. I dont need application mode , I just need 7 user to connect to the server using remote desktolp for their companys clinic software.

Or should I choose 2012 Foundation server. or something else ?

The customer allready decided for 2012 server Essentials and it looks ok reading the comparision board - except Im not 100% sure if the would need "Terminal Services Application Sharing" ?
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=38809
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You can't - RDS (Terminal Services is no longer the term, Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is).

RDS cannot be installed on an Essentials system in part because Essentials MUST be the FSMO master DC and a DC cannot be an RDS server.
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So I need 2012 server standard with setup as domain controller and + RDS / Tcals licenses - or can I do with Foundation server ?
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As I understand Foundation, if it's joined to a domain, it must be a DC which means it cannot be an RDS server.

Your safest option is a SINGLE copy of Server 2012 Standard, install Hyper-V and virtualize - then install 2012 Essentials as the DC and a copy of Standard as the RDS server in the 2012 domain.  You WILL need CALs for each User or Device AND RDS CALs for each User or Device.

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I dont need 2 licenses for the server 2012 and I called Ms to find out exactly -
My question was what was the minimum licenses to limit the order and setup.

I found out I need 2012 server standard + user cals + RDS cals for 8 users .

But thanks for your follow up on the setup as it needs to be DC - which somenone else guessed was not necessary.

I dont see any point in using Hyper-v and I will use Vmware so if the need anything else in the future its possible to ad one more system.

Sorry if Im a bit stressed up but this licensing questions always consumes my time and resources cos MS dont have a simple way to show it - and sometimes they change on this issue.
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The licensing in terminal services is now called RDS - Remote desktop services
Best practice is using server 2012 st. w user cals + RDS cals , but RDS cals are very expensive so make the right choice before starting any installation.
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