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Server license confusion help please

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by curlyroger, Jan 7, 2013.

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  1. curlyroger

    curlyroger Thread Starter

    Jan 7, 2013
    Hello, I am a Linux and desktop guy with absolutely zero understanding of Windows Server licensing no matter what I am trying to read here. :eek:

    A business I am helping has need for a server with seemingly simple requirements. There won't be any active directory or weird stuff -- just computers in a workgroup access a drive with some users remote desktoping in.

    Site 1 will host the server. A software app and its data be on the server. There will be six computers at site 1, each with a drive mapped from the server. Each computer will have a local instance of the software that accesses the shared mapped drive data. None of these computers will need user access to the server.

    Site 2 will have 4 computers. Each computer will remote desktop to the site 1 server to run an instance of the software app.

    What "flavor" of server software is needed? I'm guessing 5 CALs is what I need, but I still need remote desktop licenses too...?

    I just don't know what to get. :( Any input would be appreciated.
  2. peonowns


    Apr 16, 2012
  3. srhoades


    May 15, 2003
    You cannot use SBS as a terminal server. You will have to get a standard server with 6 CALs and 4 terminal server licenses (I think you will have to buy the 5 pack). I guess they are called RD licenses now for remote desktop.
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