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We have a Windows 2008 Server that several users remotely access using Remote Desktop Connection on their PCs.  Over time, we have now more than 2 users trying to simultaneously connect to the server.  What would be the simplest option to get up to 5-10 concurrent remote connections?  Can I acquire Remote Desktop Services Client licenses to accomplish this or do I need to go Terminal Server?  If Terminal Server, would i need to reinstall the application being used on the server by the users?  If I needed to reinstall the application being hosted on the Server, that could be a problem.  Any suggestions?  Thanks!
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Yes, you can install Remote desktop Service role (RDS) role on your server if you wanted multiple users to access server via RDP

You have to have purchase RDS CALs per user or per device basis

Per user license allows you to access terminal server for same user from multiple devices
Per device license allows you to access terminal server from perticular device no matter who logs on to machine

Now, if your application will support multiple RDP sessions is difficult to verify and it may required that you need to reinstall application

Check below article for application installtion with terminal server
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ff432698.aspx
http://blogs.technet.com/b/perfguru/archive/2008/06/30/how-to-install-application-windows-2008-terminal-server.aspx

Now if your already installed application will work or not can only be tell by your application vendor

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Probably you can set test app server 1st and then install terminal server later on to check if its working for multiple users

Mahesh.
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Thank you very much for your prompt answer.  Your observations are very helpful and I will pursue purchase of the licenses and install RDS to provide the multiple connections that I need.
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