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Hi Guys,

Windows Server 2008 R2:

We've installed a terminal server for +/- 8 remote users, and the trial period is about tot expire.

Not all users are active in Terminal Server all the time, at most we have 2 simultaneous users logged on.

I saw an article that mentions, when installing "per user" licensing, one only need enough licenses for the maximum number of users logged on at any specific time.

Is this correct?  ie do we need 10 terminal server licenses, or will 5 licenses suffice?

If it is linked to the AD user accounts, can we then create 5 x (TS) AD accounts (acquire 5 x TS licenses) and have the users share the login details?

Are TS licenses backwards compatible, thus 2012 will work on 2008?
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by:Mohammed Khawaja
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I am not sure where you saw that.  TS licensing can be configured for either Device CALs or User CALs.  User CALs are named CALs and makes no difference as to how many concurrent users you have.  Device CALs are based on device names.  What you need to do is analyze as to what makes the most economical sense.  In manufacturing environments where there are 24x7 operations, Device CALs is most economical as there could be 3 or more users sharing the same computer.  In a software development environment, USER CALs is the most economical method as one user may logon from more than 1 device.  In the old days, concurrent licensing was available but not any more.
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by:Rupert Eghardt
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Thank you Mohammed for these details,

In other words, if we have 8 users connecting from various devices (max 2 at a time), we can install 5 x terminal server licenses and should suffice?
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Concurrent logons are irrelevant.  For device licensing, you count all your devices regardless of users (i.e. 20 computers where 80 different users logons to, you go with device licensing as you need 20 licenses only) and for user licensing, you assign a license to each user regardless of how many devices they use (i.e. if you have 80 users where each use a laptop, a desktop and a tablet, the total devices would equal 240.  You go user/name licensing).

I your scenario described above, you need 8 licensing.  As stated before, concurrent connections has no bearing to licensing anymore (used to long time ago).  If you have 8 name/user licenses, it makes no different if only one user is logged on or the 8 users are logged on 8 Terminal Servers (total connections is 64 across all servers).
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