Can the TS CAL license expiry on an issued cal be decreased?

We are running Windows 2012 Server with Remote Desktop Services enabled (Connection Broker, Session hosts, Web access, RD License server)

In the RD LIcensing Manager, we can see issued user cals with an expiry of 2 months away from when they were issued.

Is there any way to change this expiry time at all?

Thanks
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rhiancohenVMware Senior ConsultantAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Nope. The time is based on the minimum transfer rights in the license agreement.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
What Cliff Said.
rhiancohenVMware Senior ConsultantAuthor Commented:
What do you mean by the minimum transfer rights? Is there any way to view the license agreement?

What happens if say you have 20 licenses but they all get used and then the 20th person logs out of their session? Can another person log in or does the license still look like it's in use because it hasn't expired?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
The license agreement is a part of the purchase. It varies by region and by how you purchased it. It is a legally binding document and describes how the purchased product can be used. For example, an OEM server license offend includes the stipulation that it cannot be transferred to a new machine at all. The discounted OEM pricing benefit comes at the cost of reduced mobility.

For CALs, it is common to see restrictions stating that a CAL can only be transferred to a new user  every 60/90/120 days. This allows you to reassign a CAL in the event anuser had to be dismissed, but prevents abuse by using one user CAL for multiple shift users by claiming "I transfer the CAL every 8 hours."

So given your theoretical, the CAL will appear in use because it hasn't expired. The new user is effectively user #21, and if you don't have 21 CALs, you are in an illegal state. Note that TS/RDS CALs are *not* legally licensed by concurrent users, but by TOTAL users. So if you have 50 users, but only expect 17 to be logged on at a time. You need 50 CALs. Not 10, or even 20. The same applies to device licensing and device CALs. You pay for total devices, not concurrent devices. Which in the era of mobility, BYOD, and similar trends, can be an unknown, making user licensing more flexible in most (but not all) circumstances.

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rhiancohenVMware Senior ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Great explanation thanks very much. Just one more question

How do you reassign a CAL if you are in that situation?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
You don't. Since they expire automatically, an expired license simply goes into the unused pool and the mew user will get one with a new expiration when they first log in.
rhiancohenVMware Senior ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Lovely thanks very much for all your help.Much appreciated :-)
rhiancohenVMware Senior ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Perfect explanation thanks
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