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How to install RDS CAL license on Windows Server 2022

Installing Remote Desktop Services Client Access Licenses (RDS CALs) on Windows Server 2022 involves several steps. RDS CALs are licenses that allow users or devices to connect to a Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) server. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to install RDS CALs on Windows Server 2022.

Note: Before you begin, make sure you have purchased the necessary RDS CALs and have the license information ready. You can purchase CAL Licenses here on our website.

1. Access the Licensing Manager:
– Log in to your Windows Server 2022 as an administrator.

2. Open Server Manager:
– Click on the Windows icon in the taskbar or press the `Windows` key to open the Start menu.
– Type “Server Manager” and select it from the search results.

3. Add the Remote Desktop Licensing Role (if not installed):
– If the Remote Desktop Licensing role is not already installed, you’ll need to add it.
– In Server Manager, click on “Manage” in the top right corner and select “Add Roles and Features.”
– Follow the wizard to add the Remote Desktop Licensing role. Choose “Remote Desktop Services” during the role installation.

4. Access the Remote Desktop Licensing Manager:
– After adding the Remote Desktop Licensing role, return to Server Manager.
– In Server Manager, click on “Tools” in the top right corner.
– Select “Remote Desktop Licensing Manager” from the dropdown.

5. Install RDS CALs:
– In the Remote Desktop Licensing Manager, right-click on the server name and select “Install Licenses.”

6. Welcome to the Install Licenses Wizard:
– Click “Next” to begin the wizard.

7. Choose the Licensing Program:
– Select the licensing program under which you purchased your RDS CALs (e.g., Open License, Volume License, Retail Purchase, etc.).
– Click “Next.”

8. Enter License Information:
– Enter the license information provided when you purchased the RDS CALs.
– This may include a license key or agreement number.
– Click “Next.”

9. Choose License Type:
– Select the appropriate license type based on your needs. You can choose between Per User or Per Device CALs.
– Click “Next.”

10. Add License Server:
– Confirm that the server where you’re installing the licenses is listed.
– Click “Next.”

11. Install Licenses:
– Review the license information and settings to ensure they are correct.
– Click “Install” to install the licenses on your server.

12. License Installation Status:
– Wait for the installation process to complete. You will see a status indicating the success or failure of the installation.
– If successful, click “Finish” to close the wizard.

13. View License Usage (Optional):
– You can use the Remote Desktop Licensing Manager to view license usage and manage your CALs.

Your Remote Desktop Services Client Access Licenses (RDS CALs) are now installed and ready for use on your Windows Server 2022. Users or devices can now connect to your Remote Desktop Session Host server using the RDS CALs you’ve installed. Remember to keep your licensing information in a secure place for future reference and compliance purposes.