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I have a domain controler and license server installed in a win2000 server. My terminal server is a win2003 server, which also has Citrix. Both servers are in the same domain. My problem is:

I installed win2003 TS licenses in my win2003 server(per device), which should give access to my terminal server (win2003). However,  it assign temporary licenses to the clients. I am affraid that after 120 days, all my clients will not have access to my terminal server.

Is there a way to force the system to assign the license (the ones i installed) to the clients? Or the problem is that my domain controler is a win2000 server?
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You'll need to setup the Terminal Services License Server on your Server 2003 machine; a W2k3 Terminal Server will not communicate with a TS license server on a W2k machine. In addition, you might need to configure a preferred license server.

Here's the TS Licensing white paper:
Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server Licensing
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/termservlic.mspx

A few quotes from the White Paper:      
"A terminal server running Windows Server 2003 does not communicate with a terminal server licensing server running Windows 2000."
"Therefore, when upgrading terminal servers running Windows 2000, you need to install and activate a licensing server that runs Windows Server 2003, which communicates with terminal servers that run both Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003."
"In most large deployments, the license server is deployed on a separate server, even though it can be co-resident on the terminal server in some smaller deployments."
"In Windows Server 2003, the licensing service can be installed on a workgroup-based server, a member server, or a domain controller. "
"It is also possible to override this discovery process by specifying a preferred license server (or multiple license servers) on a terminal server by using a WMI script. For three scripts that you can use to set preferred license servers, delete preferred license servers, or query preferred license servers, see 'Administration' later in this document."
"Although it is possible for non-domain controllers to be license servers in Windows Server 2003, it is important to note that domain license servers are not automatically discovered. You must configure a preferred license server on all terminal servers that need to communicate with non-Domain controller license servers configured as domain license servers. Enterprise domain license servers deployed on non-domain controllers are automatically discovered."

Some other links that might be of interest:

Terminal Services Licensing Server Discovery
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=301932

How to Override the License Server Discovery Process in Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=279561
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