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Installing Remote Desktop Services Client Access Licenses

Published: May 26, 2010

Updated: February 16, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

There are three methods by which you can install Remote Desktop Services client access licenses (RDS CALs) onto your license server:

Before installing RDS CALs onto your license server, note the following:

  • You must activate your Remote Desktop license server before you can install RDS CALs onto your license server. For more information, see Activating the Remote Desktop License Server.

  • You need a license code to install RDS CALs onto your license server. A license code is provided when you purchase your RDS CALs. For more information, see Purchase Client Access Licenses (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=81077).

  • You can install both Per User and Per Device CALs onto the same license server.

  • You can install RDS CALs for different product versions onto the same license server. For example, you can install both Windows Server 2003 TS Per Device CALs and Windows Server 2008 TS Per User CALs onto a license server that is running Windows Server 2008 R2. This provides you the ability to have one license server provide RDS CALs to Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) servers running various versions of Windows Server.

In Windows Server 2008 R2, Terminal Services client access licenses (TS CALs) are now called Remote Desktop Services client access licenses (RDS CALs).

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