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The RDS CAL is a license that authorizes Windows Server users or devices to access the server's resources. In this blog post, we'll teach you how to install and set up a Remote Desktop License Server (RDS CALs) on Windows Server 2012 R2.
To begin, browse to Server Manager and select Add Roles and Features.
In the Before You Begin Section, Choose Next.
Select Role based then click Next
Select the option Select a server from the server pool and click on Next. You can also choose Select a virtual hard disk
Select the role Remote Desktop Services then click on Next.
Leave the Features section defined by default. Now, click on Next
Click on Next once again.
Add both role services Remote Desktop Session Host and Remote Desktop Licensing then click on Next.
Select the option Restart the destination server automatically if required then click Install
Then click Close once finished.
Now, open “Server Manager”, then go to Tools, click on Remote Desktop Services and select Remote Desktop Licensing Manager:
Open the server area in the RD Licencing Manager, then click Activate Server.
A window with “Welcome to the Activate Server Wizard” will open. Click on Next
Please set the connection method as Automatic then click on Next.
Input your Full Name and your company name then click Next.
Please insert your emails and your company’s details then click on Next. You can also leave this field blank as it is optional Information fields.
Install Licenses wizard is now completed, click on Next to finish.
Please right click your server name then select Install licenses
A pop up with “Welcome to the install licenses Wizard” will open. Select Next.
Choose the license program License pack (Retail Purchase) then click on Next.
Enter your License key. Then, after clicking Add, proceed by clicking Next
Everything has been completed. The RDS CAL has now been enabled and is fully functional.