We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Terminal Server Licenses

120 Views
Last Modified: 2015-01-08
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?
Comment
Watch Question

Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information Technology
CERTIFIED EXPERT

Commented:
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.
Rupert EghardtProgrammer

Author

Commented:
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?
Manager - Infrastructure:  Information Technology
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Commented:
This one is on us!
(Get your first solution completely free - no credit card required)
UNLOCK SOLUTION

Gain unlimited access to on-demand training courses with an Experts Exchange subscription.

Get Access
Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant
Empower Your Career
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE

Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Research
  • Professional Opinions
Unlock the solution to this question.
Join our community and discover your potential

Experts Exchange is the only place where you can interact directly with leading experts in the technology field. Become a member today and access the collective knowledge of thousands of technology experts.

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

OR

Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.