OEM SBS 2003 Premium and Terminal Services on OEM Windows Server 2003 R2

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Pedro CR, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. Pedro CR

    Pedro CR Guest


    I am considering buying the OEM version of SBS 2003 R2 Premium with new HP
    servers to implement on our company.
    We also need Terminal Services so we will be aqcuiring a second server for

    1) As far as I know, SBS includes terminal Services licenses but you need to
    install a second server running Windows Server 2003 R2 and it will be that
    server that will act as a terminal server.
    Is this correct?

    2) Since we are also buying the second server, we were considering buying
    the OEM version of Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard which includes 5 CALs.
    We won't be using the CALs anyway because we have SBS CALs. Even with 5 CALs
    the OEM version is cheapper than the Open licensing.
    However I am not sure if it is possible to use the Terminal Services
    Licenses of SBS on an OEM Windows Server 2003 R2.
    Is this possible or I really have to buy the Open licensing version of
    Windows Server 2003 R2?
    Is there any limitation / technical difference on the OEM versions compared
    to the Open versions?

    Thank you very much.
    Pedro R.
    Pedro CR, Feb 19, 2008
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  2. No, an SBS CAL includes a 'Windows CAL' (allowing access to server(s) in the
    SBS network) and an Exchange CAL but does not include a TS CAL.

    When you think of it this makes sense. Though TS is (IMHO) the best thing
    you can add to an SBS network _most_ SBS networks don't need it and of those
    SBS networks that do need TS it is likely not all members (users/devices)
    needs TS access. The additional cost of the TS CAL, if it was included in an
    SBS CAL, would raise the cost for many to no benefit.

    I don't have much to do with OLP but mixing OEM and OLP would seem to me
    simply a cost equation, I know of no technical limitations.

    You need SBS and SBS CALs.
    You need Windows Server and TS CALs.
    Whether these be retail, oem, or olp effects cost not licensing.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Feb 19, 2008
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