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RDS cal question for Terminal Server

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Main sever: Windows Server 2012R2 with 20 open usercals, and 3 RDS cals. (domain controller / AD / RDP)
Second Server: Windows Server 2008R2 (terminal server)

We have a client that wants to remote desktop into quickbooks from home, and will use a second server at the office as terminal server.
Users will connect to VPN, RDP into terminal server with their domain creds, and access quickbooks resources from the main server.
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Client claims there shouldn't be any more than 5 users remoted in at a time.

Will all of the RDS licences including the 2 built-in admin ones be available to the terminal server (total of 5) or do we need to purchase
5 more and load them on main server?
Can any domain user in administrator's group pull from the 2 built in ones?
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The two built in licences are for administering the server ONLY - use by a remote user to access quick books or any other LOB application is not permitted via those licences.

Therefore you need to buy additional Server 2012 RDS CALs (if your 2012 server is acting as your RDS Licence Server) as the 2012 ones are backward compatible with your 2008r2 server.

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/14988.rds-and-ts-cal-interoperability-matrix.aspx
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Also, RDS is not concurrent licensing. You will need a user CAL for each unique user.