Terminal Services 2008 Licensing

February 3, 2011 at 10:52:08
Specs: Windows Server 2008 R2
So I have be wondering about this for a while now and as I don't actually have licenses I can't figure this out for myself.

In Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services there was a loophole that allowed you to configure as many users as you wanted without the actual amount of licesnses you purchased being validated. In other words, you could purchase 10 licenses and setup 20 users to use the terminal server with no problems.

I am wondering if this has changed in with Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services. Does the new RDS now strictly enforce licensing where if you have 10 user licenses you can only have up to 10 users able to use RDS?
I think I read somewhere that the first time a user connects to a RDS Host the user is given a temporary license, then the second time they connect, the licensing server download the users license onto the users computer and tracks the license in RDS Licensing--all transparently of course.

Thanks for you help!!

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#1
February 15, 2011 at 06:17:05
So you are looking for a way to have more users connected than you purchase licenses for? Hopefully no one tells you how to do that if that is your intention.

The first time a user connects, they are given a temporary license. The second time they connect are given a permanent license if available. If not, the temporary license is used and expires after 90 days.


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#2
February 15, 2011 at 15:57:53
No need to be hostile. The question was only hypothetical.

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#3
February 16, 2011 at 10:44:21
LOL. Is there a way to get round licensing restrictions? The question is just hypothetical. ;-)

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#4
February 16, 2011 at 11:28:44
Did I ever ask how to get around RDS Licensing? NO. Re-read my question.
I asked if the licensing model was the same or if it had changed from 2003 to 2008 R2.

The correct answer is that user CALs are now tracked but not enforced, however device CALs are both tracked and enforced. Each license has an expiration period of 52-89 days (randomly assigned).
Let me give you this scenario: You are at your maximum user CAL use. An employee who was licensed to use RDS leaves the company. You need to assign their RDS user license to a new employee, but due to the 52-89 day license expiration time, before its released back into the licensing pool, you can't and you can't revoke the old users user license either. So then what?
This is why Microsoft specifically designeduser license enforcement this way! Hence my origional query.

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#5
February 17, 2011 at 01:27:57
Actually, because user licences are only recorded in Active Directory, you can revoke them with a manual edit. But there's no need to do so as licensing is only enforced on a device basis.

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#6
February 17, 2011 at 08:02:52
Hostile? I just asked if that was the intention? I don't think it's being hostile.

You need to buy a license for every user or device that connects to the TS depending on your license model. What you do from there is up to you.


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