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How to apply Windows Server 2016 CAL 5 USER OEM Software Label

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Example Windows Server 2016 CAL 5 User OEM Software Label
I recently purchased a 5 user CAL for a Windows 2016 virtual server. The intent was to have the ability for (5) concurrent remote desktop sessions into the virtual server.

The attached label example is what was purchased at a reputable retail chain. The problem is that there's no guidance regarding how the license is to be applied. The support group for our virtual server has stated that more information is needed from the retailer.

If anybody has any suggestions it would be most appreciated.

Thanks
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Hi,
These seem to be the wrong CALs.
You seem to need RDS CALs
See the video here:
https://youtu.be/UyfHOrhM_7U

Here is a description of how to activate RDS CALs:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/rds-client-access-license
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David is right although the function is different.
A Server User CAL is just a paper permission from Microsoft, you don't need to apply it anywhere. Windows Servers come with a 5 user CAL I believe.

The RDS CALs are different, see my previous comment.

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Thank you for all of your quick responses. I initially tried using the licensing manager, but the format of the labels does not match and will not activate. For the response regarding the need for a device license, I have that, too. Attached is what I have for the device license which is also in a format that cannot be used. Looks like a retail return is needed which is a shame. All I want is to have (10) concurrent sessions on our virtual server. I guess the new question should be what do I need and where do I get obtain? Thanks
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BTW:  you should clear out the bar codes too.  They can be easily converted back to the serial numbers that you're trying to hide.

I believe you should be able to remove the one in the question and replace it with a blurred out copy, but the one in the comment will need one of the moderators to remove for you.
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No comment has been added to this question in more than 21 days, so it is now classified as abandoned.

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