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I have installed the RDS component of Windows Server 2012 in trial mode (after much trial/error).

I have purchased the remote desktop licensing on a per device basis.

I have three (3) in-house computers running remote desktop into the server to work virtually under their own login on the server.

The setup is working very well, no issues.

I now need to convert this setup to the "real" license so it will not stop working while not breaking what I have in place.

Please let me know specifically what needs to be done or where I can find reasonable steps to this process.

Thanks for your help.
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In server manager, choose the remote desktop section on the let pane. You'll see a "map" of your deployment with the various server roles. If you don't have a licensing server, click the green plus and add one. Once you have a licensing server, one of the tasks available is to add licenses. It is actually pretty easy.
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Thanks Cliff.

From various items I have been reading its seems there are many, many steps involved.  Most of the things I have seen are talking about SSL certificates for web access (which I don't need).  A good looking detailed guide is here:

http://msfreaks.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/windows-2012-r2-remote-desktop-services-part-1/

But it looks to be way over the top for what I need.

I have ONE server in a small shop, so obviously the licensing server is itself.  I will be downloading the license tomorrow from Microsoft.  You think what you have is it?  

1. Push the Green Plus
2. Add itself as the licensing server
3. Import the license?

Thanks.
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That's it.
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Hello again.

I finally had a chance to get this going and now I am confused. :(

I purchased the licensing from Dell and received a Microsoft Volume licensing email.  I created a login, logged in and received the following list of items:

        Microsoft Application Virtualization for RDS, Ver4.5 with SP2
        Microsoft Application Virtualization for RDS, Ver4.6 with SP1
        Microsoft Application Virtualization for RDS, Ver4.6 with SP2
        Microsoft Application Virtualization for RDS, Ver4.6 with SP3
        Microsoft Application Virtualization for RDS, Ver5.0
        Microsoft Application Virtualization for RDS, Ver5.0 with SP1
        Microsoft Application Virtualization for RDS, Ver5.0 with SP2
        Microsoft Application Virtualization for RDS, Ver5.0 with SP3
        Microsoft Application Virtualization for RDS,Ver4.6 All Languages Refresh
        Microsoft Application Virtualization Hosting for Desktops, Ver4.5 with SP2
        Microsoft Application Virtualization Hosting for Desktops, Ver4.6 Refresh
        Microsoft Application Virtualization Hosting for Desktops, Ver4.6 with SP1
        Microsoft Application Virtualization Hosting for Desktops, Ver4.6 with SP2
        Microsoft Application Virtualization Hosting for Desktops, Ver4.6 with SP3
        Microsoft Application Virtualization Hosting for Desktops, Ver5.0
        Microsoft Application Virtualization Hosting for Desktops, Ver5.0 with SP1
        Microsoft Application Virtualization Hosting for Desktops, Ver5.0 with SP2
        Microsoft Application Virtualization Hosting for Desktops, Ver5.0 with SP3
        WinRemote Desktop SrvcsCAL 4.5 wSP1 w/Application Virt for TerminalSrv

I had three choices on each of the items:

Documents, Download and Key

When I clicked on "Key" (I didn't do each one - but I did do a few) it said no key needed/available

When I clicked on Documents - not much there either

When I clicked on Download it gave me an ISO.  Looking in that ISO showed me installation programs for client and server.

Again, all I am doing, at the moment is having 3-5 workstations (I have 5 licenses) remote into the server through Remote Desktop on an in-house computer and working.  That's it.

Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks.  :)
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The last one should have a key. All the others are App-V which does not have keys.
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Unfortunately not, see attached pic.  I will attempt to run the ISO on a workstation and see what happens.nokey.png
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This is what is on the disc (the ISO is from the download link on the WinRemote line) they are probably all the same.

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Are you sure you purchased RDS CALs?
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One would think....I already sent a request for confirmation to Dell.  

Item:
A7058544       5       OB WIN REM DT SVC CAL 12 OLP NL DEV CAL

Description (from another website):

Microsoft Windows 2012 Remote Desktop Services - License - 1 Device CAL - Volume - MOLP: Open Business - PC - Single Language
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Hello.

In this case, because it was an OPEN license the installation was not quite the same but just as easy.

1. Install the licensing server by clicking on the green PLUS sign that says RD Licensing
2. Run the wizard associating the stand-alone server (in the case of one server) as your licensing server
3. Activate it with Microsoft  (automatically online)
4. Run the license wizard with licmgr.exe after installation
5. Choose OPEN license
6. Enter your OPEN license number and licensing ID (provided by your vendor)
7. Done

Thanks for the help.
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The solution provided by others was not the answer needed in this case.  The answer I provided with the step-by-step instructions is how I solved the problem.
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