Server 2022 essentials included RDP CAL's?

XN1337

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Hi, we are looking to build a small server for a customer, having trouble finding out what license CALs are included in Server 2022 Essentials?

i understand it does not require cals as every article mentions this:

"Microsoft also offers an Essentials edition of Windows Server 2022 that it targets for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices. Windows Server 2022 Essentials sells for $501 and does not require CALs but is limited to 10 cores, a single socket and a single virtual machine. The feature set is the same as the Standard edition. Windows Server 2022 Essentials is only available through certain server hardware partners."

But does this included RDP? and if not, will RDP cals work with it? Server is only around $600AUD but 5 RDP cals would cost an extra $1500AUD
 

i386

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But does this included RDP? and if not, will RDP cals work with it?
From experience windows server will work fine without cals/licenses.
You (the customers) want to have the proper cals/licenses when you (they) get auditioned (by microsoft or other entities for certain iso certifications) :D
 

XN1337

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cool, yeah we were thinking of using it in a "Trial Mode" and if it needs the cals we will just have to work that out.
 

BShoppy

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You can also check for a Microsoft Reseller for the RDP CALs

I don't know if you can purchase from them in Australia, but Trusted Tech Team - TrustedTechTeam.com has a 5 pack of 2022 RDP User CALs for $480 USD