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smartech
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RDS 2019 can support Remote session host 2008 R2 ?

my current RDS server is 2008 R2 however facing the CALS is not enough.

i would like to know if we purchase RDS CAL 2019 license can support 2008 R2 session host 

Because no planning upgrade current RDS server from 2008 R2 to 2019.

 

 

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JanoschUlmer
Microsoft

A RD licensing running WS2019 server can issue RDS 2019 CALs to a Windows Server 2008 Session host: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/rds-client-access-license#rds-cal-version-compatibility

Other option would be to contact activation center to request a downgrade, but since 2008 is no longer supported I doubt downgrade keys are still provided

 

Hopefully this server has no internet connectivity whatsoever, this would be huge risk given that it is no longer supported (unless you have extended serucity update agreement).

 

Kind regards, Janosch
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smartech
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Hi ,

 

just want to verify is that manage to buy RDS CALs 2019 and import to Windows server 2008 RDS server ? 

i knew that Win server 2008 is end of life but will plan future upgrade soon.  

JanoschUlmer
Microsoft

Afaik you can not add the key in 2008 server, you would need to request a downgrade key

Kind regards, Janosch
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