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Windows Terminal server 2003 licensing Issues

Posted on 2003-11-19
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I am about to upgrade to a Windows 2000 AD domain from NT4...I have at present a windows terminal Server license server sitting on a windows 2000 server that i need to trash and rebuild as the 2nd 2003 DC..(I already have another 2003 server ready and waiting). Firstly I need to get the existing license server onto the built and ready 2003 server that will be the first DC. Can I just deactivate the existing and build the new one?. I hear that you must have the TS license server on the DC in a AD domain, is this correct? The next problem is the licensing changes in 2003...At present we also have a citrix server that clients connect to for a few published apps..all my clients are 2000 or XP which has a built in TS CAL..will this still work for 2003? We do have SA for all client OS's. The problem is that I havent budgeted for any extra expenditure. Seems abit of a cheek for MS to change the TS licensing :-(

Any pointers would be very appreciated :-)
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If you're using Terminal Services on Server 2003, you will indeed need TS CALs for very machine accessing the server; there are no more build-in licenses as in Terminal Services on W2k.
For Terminal Services on Server 2003, the license server doesn't need to run on a DC; check out the White Paper for details; the migration to another license server is described in there as well.

Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server Licensing
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/termservlic.mspx

You still have the option of running your DCs on Server 2003, keeping your Terminal Servers on Windows 2000, so that you won't have to buy additional TS CALs; the 2003 License Server can handle that.
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Thanks for the info...Chnaged the license server last night, works a treat...now for the Migration ;-)
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