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We have two Active Directory Domain Controllers with server licenses.  These are VLA servers.   We ordered and received
400 additional  user cals and I have been trying without result to license these servers.   I converted them to per user licenses and went to the license manager screen and added them to the purchase screen on one server - thinking erroneously apparently that if I license the active directory that both servers shared the licensing.
(I guess I have been working on Novell too long)  Since users of server b weren't getting licensing.......I tried removing half the licensing to server B but nothing doing.
When I try to add licenses to server b purchase history nothing show up there - it shows up in the server a purchase history - the license all seem to go to server a
and server b is not licensing any of its users.

What exactly am I doing wrong...The instructions are straight forward but server b still has an alert and says is user are unlicensed.
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They should share the licenses, as long as all of the servers are *not* set to "Per Server" licensing (which is the default setting when installing) and are part of the same domain.
On the other hand, as long as you have the appropriate number of CALs, you can as well turn of the license logging:

====8<----[KB824196]----
[...] By default, LLS is disabled in Windows Server 2003. [...]
Microsoft has confirmed that the following products and versions function correctly when LLS is disabled:
* Windows NT Server 4.0 family, Windows 2000 Server family, and Windows Server 2003 family
[...]
====8<----[KB824196]----

Description of the License Logging Service in Windows Server Operating Systems
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=824196
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so all the logins to the second server being labeled as "unlicensed" and an alert on the licensing module is not a problem??   The solution is just to turn off the logging?  Really? - doesn't sound right.

The servers are both set to per user licensing.

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You don't have to trust my word on that, which is why I sent the link to the MS KB article, in which they explain the known problems of the LLS, that it's unreliable, that they're not even planning to use it anymore, and, as far as the products described are concerned, it's safe to turn off the LLS. (Seeing the fun and entertainment they provided with TS licensing, they'll probably come up with something similar annoying.) There are further links in the article concerning troubleshooting the LLS replication.
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