Specify the Remote Desktop Licensing Mode on an RD Session Host Server

The Remote Desktop licensing mode determines the type of Remote Desktop Services client access licenses (RDS CALs) that a Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server requests from a Remote Desktop license server on behalf of a client connecting to the RD Session Host server.

Important

The Remote Desktop licensing mode configured on an RD Session Host server must match the type of RDS CALs available on the license server.

For more information about RDS CALs, see Remote Desktop Services Client Access Licenses (RDS CALs).

Use the following procedure to specify the Remote Desktop licensing mode for the RD Session Host server by using the Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration tool.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the RD Session Host server that you plan to configure, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477.

To specify the Remote Desktop licensing mode
  1. On the RD Session Host server, open Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration. To open Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration.

  2. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Yes.

  3. In the Edit settings area, under Licensing, double-click Remote Desktop licensing mode.

  4. On the Licensing tab of the Properties dialog box, click either Per Device or Per User, depending on which is most appropriate for your environment.

    If the Remote Desktop licensing mode choices are dimmed and you cannot make a selection, the Set the Remote Desktop licensing mode Group Policy setting has been enabled and has been applied to the RD Session Host server.

  5. After you have specified a Remote Desktop licensing mode, you must specify a license server for the RD Session Host server to use. For more information, see Specify a License Server for an RD Session Host Server to Use.

  6. Click OK to save your changes to the licensing settings.

The Remote Desktop licensing mode for the RD Session Host server can also be set in the following ways:

For more information about RD Licensing, see the Remote Desktop Services page on the Windows Server 2008 R2 TechCenter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=140434).

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