RDS Host Configuration

RDS Host ConfigurationLicense ServerAnother TS with License Server SpecifiedHi,

   I have TS1(W2008R2) set up as Terminal Server / Licensing Server with 20 User CAL (See screenshot 2).
   On the same network, I have another W200R2 server called "Internet1" (see screenshot 1) and I like it to connect to TS1 Licensing server. But I do not see "Remote Desktop License Servers" option in RD Session Host Configuration.

  3rd screenshot (from another TS on another network) shows two options: (1) Remote Desktop Licensing mode : Per User  (2) Remote Desktop License Server : Specified.

  How can I get these options show up on my INTERNET1 so that I can specify existing licensing server (TS1)?

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Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
I have another W200R2 server called "Internet1"

I'm assuming you have a 2008 server or earlier (not 2008 R2).

RDS or Remote Desktop Services isn't introduced to windows server until 2008 R2.  If you have a 2008 (or earlier) TS Licensing server, you should add RDS licensing to the 2008 R2 server TS1, along with RDS Gateway (it gives you CredSSP and supports RDP protocol 8.x)   Then, add all your licenses to it.


Equivalence of Windows Server 2008 TS CAL & Windows Server 2008 RDS CAL
Last year, we changed the name of Terminal Services to Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2.  As such, we renamed the CAL. You may notice the CAL is called a Windows Server 2008 RDS CAL (rather than 2008 R2 CAL).  This is because R2 is a refresh release and while you need to buy new Windows Server licenses you do not need to buy new RDS CALs if you already own 2008 TS CALs.  This means you can use the Windows Server 2008 TS CALs with your Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services.  If you have Windows Server 2003 TS CALs you will need to buy new RDS 2008 CALs.


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sgleeAuthor Commented:
On this network, I have two Windows 2008 R2 servers. One named "TS1" running Remote Desktop Service/Licensing Server and another one named "INTERNET1" running Remote Desktop Service. I need "INTERNET1" to connect to "TS1"/Licensing Server. That is my question.
Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:

To specify a license server for the RD Session Host server to use

1. On the RD Session Host server, open Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration. To open Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration.

2. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Yes.

3.  In the Edit settings area, under Licensing, double-click Remote Desktop license servers.

4.  On the Licensing tab of the Properties dialog box, click Add.

5.  In the Add License Server dialog box, select a license server from the list of known license servers, and then click Add. If the license server that you want to add is not listed, in the License server name or IP address box, type the name or IP address of the license server that you want to add, and then click Add.

You can add more than one license server for the RD Session Host server to use. The RD Session Host server contacts the license servers in the order in which they appear in the Specified license servers box.

6.  Click OK to close the Add License Server dialog box, and then click OK to save your changes to the licensing settings.
Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
If you can't find or lost the RDS config settings icon, you can run from command prompt:

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