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We recently added a windows 2003 server to an existing  domain with a W2000 server acting as primary domain controller (PDC) and also as the license server. Another tech used the addprep tool to add it to the domain. It worked fine for a couple days, then this morning we got calls from people saying they lost a drive mapping on the new server. A tech rebooted the new W2003 server, and the drive mappings came back ok, people could now access it.

Now, after examining the licensing on the W2003 server, all client licenses show up as 'Unlicensed Usage', instead of licensed.
They are showing up as licensed on the W2000 server. Also, the license history we added on the W2003 license manager shows up on the W2000 license server, but not on the W2003 server.

We are concerned these "unlicensed" users will reach a threshhold of some sort in a day or two and cause another lockout.
Should we make the W2003 server the license server, (the thought being that it is easier for a W2003 server to be backward compatible than a W2000 server be "forward compatible)?

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If you have the licenses as Per Seat, then running out of licenses shouldn't matter, as the license server is really there to monitor who is using what license, not to police connections.

In a large number of cases, the LLS can be disabled, unless you need to keep track of who is using which license.

Have a look at the Event logs on the 2003 server and see if any errors have appeared. If the 2003 is a member server, then I'd guess your problem isn't licensing and the logs should help find out what's going on.


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