Reducing the number of Remote Desktop Licensing Per-User CAL's
Posted on 2014-12-16
We have a client with a set of servers running Remote Desktop Licensing Manager (offhand I don't recall if this is a 2008 or 2012 environment but I assume process should be similar either way)
We provide the license to our client through our SPLA, and the type is "RDP Per User CAL". We have a Service Provider License Agreement with Microsoft and an "agreement number" that we enter when setting up the Remote Desktop License Server, using the "Install Licenses Wizard"
A certain quantity were initially installed, they now want to cut back on the number of per-user CALs.
Microsoft's online docs seem to be really lacking here, I found no info on reducing the number of installed CAL licenses. I think I vaguely recall once finding a doc that indicated that you have to completely tear down your Remote Desktop License Server and set it up from scratch to enter a different amount of User CAL's? Can this be right it seems utterly ridiculous.
Is there a way to reduce the number of CAL's? (and how, as have never seen anything in the GUI for this).
Or do we really need to remove the Remote Desktop Licensing server and reconfigure it like brand new just to set a different number of CAL licenses? (and if so, what happens to existing user access in the meantime. There's be a delay from when the admin of these servers uninstalls or removes the licensing server to when we log in to enter our agreement number and new # of Cal's, as we don't give our customers our agreement number.