Sharing RDP Cals amoung servers

Rodrigo Rodriguez 1 Reputation point


I have a Microsoft server running as a VPN, Domain and ADDS Server.

There are other servers running in the same network.

If I install a pack of CALS in the VPN (main) Server, Can the rest of the servers be accessed remotely borrowing the CALS?

I hope I have explained myself correctly.


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  1. Philippe Levesque 5,681 Reputation points MVP


    If we talk RDSCALS, then the licence server will 'borrow' them for user/device that connect to any server that got the RDS service role.

    For Windows CALS the calcul is not the same. You need a CAL per resource (user/device) domain wide. Each CAL cover the use of all your users on your domain. Just make sure you have the correct's one. (If you have 2008R2 user CAL, those users are not entitled to use 2012, 2012R2, 2016, etc.. ressource in example.)