2012 R2 - Remote Desktop - CALS or patch

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by AnarethoS, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. AnarethoS

    AnarethoS MDL Expert

    Jul 31, 2009
    Hi everyone,

    is there any way to activate RemoteDesktop for good on 2012 R2 withtout valid cals or is there any utility to patch the countdown or the TermSrv file?

    I would like to set a 2012 R2 server at home on which I will connect to using RDP from my iPad (for using Windows apps, etc.)

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  2. spice_weasel

    spice_weasel MDL Novice

    Mar 22, 2010
    Follow these directions..

  3. ulan

    ulan MDL Novice

    Apr 29, 2014

    thanks for the tip but I had to make a slight change for this to work on 2012r2:

    Step 14 (line 31) I had to change the CAL type to 2012 Per Device (tried 2003 but it complained wrong version)

    Then once the licenses are installed run the following: (instructions from hxxp://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2013/09/20/rd-licensing-configuration-on-windows-server-2012.aspx)

    Note The following commands must be ran from an Administrative PowerShell prompt.
    $obj = gwmi -namespace "Root/CIMV2/TerminalServices" Win32_TerminalServiceSetting

    $obj = gwmi -namespace "Root/CIMV2/TerminalServices" Win32_TerminalServiceSetting


    You should then be able to refresh the RD Licensing Server Diagnoser which should then say no problems found. I'm now RDP'd into my 2012r2 non-domain-joined server after the end of the grace period :)