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Terminal Server license server question

I am going through the terminal services help topics on our Windows 2003 Server. As I read it I come across a line that states that we should setup a Terminal Server License Server on another server than the one that is the Terminal Server. I don't see a reason why. Is there a huge impact on the server or are there some connectivity issues having the license server on the same box? This company is not a huge company. What will happen if I try to setup the Terminal Server License Server on the same server. If there are major issues what alternatives? Could I use a Windows XP workstation as a licensing server?
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Templar_m
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SembeeCommented:
You cannot use a Windows XP workstation as the licensing server as the component is only available to Windows 2003.
The reason it says use a different server is because TS licensing needs to run on a domain controller. As running TS on a domain controller is "a very bad thing" you would naturally end up with TS on a member server and the licensing component on another.

Simon.
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SamuraiCrowCommented:
I think the reason this is recomended is one of volitility.  To set up a TS licensing server you have to contact microsoft and jump through a couple of hoops (at least the automatic setup has yet to work for me).  Following this logic Microsoft wants licensing to be installed on a server that is going to be around for a while such as a DC.  In my enviroment terminal servers are rebuilt and modified on a regular basis to meet the customer needs.  It would be a real pain to have to set up licensing everytime I have to modify or repair a term serv.

Hope this helps
Crow
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TASINetworkCommented:
I personally have setup TS on server client systems, and as most are small and only have one server anyways, we install it on that server.  I have yet to see any problems arrise because of this.  I think it's more for larger networks where you have multiple TS servers and/or very heavy usage of TS (lots of people working on it at the same time).
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steinmtoCommented:
Also if your domain controllers are Windows 2000 and your TS serve is Windows 2003 the license server has to be installed on the 2003 server even if it is a member server as Windows 2000 cannot act as a TS licensing server for 2003.
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