Terminal Services Question

Posted on 2003-02-25
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Last Modified: 2013-11-21
Hello Experts:

I have a question concerning terminal services licensing.  We have a Win2k terminal server running with 10 CAL on it.  A user, who has been using his desktop at home, accesses the server via the Internet.  However, he has just received a new laptop, and wishes to use the laptop instead of his desktop.

My question is, how can i remove the license association with his desktop, and apply it to his laptop so we don't use 2 licenses?

Thanks for the help

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Expert Comment

ID: 8021193
What OS is the Client computer running?  If it has win2k or XP Pro, those comes with CAL's so the terminal server should not have to re-issue temopary licenses for your new machine.    
If the old machine is running Win9x you can remove the license by removing this entire key:  


Author Comment

ID: 8022727
ok, maybe im using the wrong word then.  We had to purchase 2 - 5 pack licenses to install on the terminal server.  

The machine is running 2K and the laptop is running XP.

Expert Comment

ID: 8024075
Open up the Servers Licencing Manager (under admin tools) and under the "per client" tab there will be a list of the allocated licences.

Delete the one you don't want.
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Author Comment

ID: 8025614

I've opened the Terminal Services Licensing Window and do not see the 'per client' tab you have mentioned.  I have 3 menus at the top (Action, View and Help), and then in the main window, the name of my terminal server.  Listed under the terminal server name is the following:

* Existing Windows 2000 License
* Temporary Licenses for Windows 2000 Terminal Services
* Windows 2000 Terminal Services Client Access License

so, let me know your thoughts .



Expert Comment

ID: 8025939
We might be talking at cross-purposes here, so I'll elaborate :)

Windows 2000 Server doesn't come with any Terminal Services Client Access Licences as such.  These are specific licences that are seperate to the CALs you purchased for the Windows 2000 Server itself.  

(To run Terminal Services you require a w2k Server Licence, a win2k CAL and a TS CAL.  The only exception to this is that the Administrator account doesn't need a CAL to access the server).

If you are running Windows 2000 or XP Professional (not XP home) on a client that is connecting to your server, you don't need a licence for that specific device.

If you do need to purchase Terminal Services CALs then you need to install them via the Terminal Services Licencing util that you have already found.

NOTE:  The Licence Manager I was referring to in my previous post was the actual SERVER Licence Manager, which is no doubt holding a CAL for the desktop as well as the laptop.

Hope this helps clear up any confusion.  Cheers.  Jonty

Accepted Solution

Jonty303 earned 200 total points
ID: 8025988
Almost forgot.... If you do need to transfer Termincal Services CALs, I'm pretty certain you will need to contact a Microsoft rep.  

Check the following link for any further info on Terminal Services licencing (theres an interesting bit under Licence Transfer and Token Recovery).



Author Comment

ID: 8355572
thanks for the input and yes a Microsoft Rep was needed.  Sorry for the delay on this .. i thought i had already closed it.

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