RDS licensing 2008 to 2016

MJB2011
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Hi all,

Currently using 2008 RDS user cals and I want to start upgrading to server 2016 for RDS. Ive noticed that the server doesn't seem to work when pointing at existing RDS license server, does this need upgrading in order to work with server 2016?
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Yes, 2016 needs 2016 RDS CALs and also these need to be issued on another 2016 server (or use the RDS host as licensing server as well).

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OK, thought as much. So in terms of licensing, we have a Microsoft agreement. I assume they have to send me another license?
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer

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You need to specifically write down the benefits of moving your terminal server from 2008 to 2016...If the 2016 has features you just can't live without it then yes you need to purchase new RDS cals...but if you can live with the old one then you can save the money for later or start planning your applications porting to web implementation....
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OK, thought as much. So in terms of licensing, we have a Microsoft agreement. I assume they have to send me another license?

Don't know what kind of agreement you have.  As McKnife states, your license server must be greater than or equal to your RDS server version.

As for licenses, you need 2016 RDS CALs and 2016 Server CALs at a minimum.  Whether you get them with your agreement depends on the kind of agreement you have.  You MAY have to buy them.
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer
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If he has Software Assurance and every year pays the fee he is entitled to upgrade...i don't know if it's completely free...

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Apparently we have it under our agreement we can upgrade but the annual charge will probably go up.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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I'll repeat - it depends on your agreement.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Slight clarification - by Server CALs - I mean Windows Device CALs and/or User CALs, as you deem appropriate.

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