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Windows 2003 Terminal Server Remote Administration - Do I need to buy a TS CAL???

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Is Microsoft making us buy TS CAL's to remotely administer servers now? (in .NET Server 2003)

I can't seem to get TS to work beyond 120 days for remote administration purposes.  Everything I've looked at thus far tells me I need to install a Terminal Services Licensing Server, which in Windows 2000 was only required if you were using Application Server Mode.  I'm not, and I'd really rather not pay if I don't have to.

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You don't need to buy TS CALs for remote administration. Are you maybe trying to install the Terminal Services as you did in W2k, using "Add/Remove Windows Components"? Then that's the cause; terminal services in remote administration mode are installed by default in a W2k3 installation; with the "Add/Remove" wizard, you can only install them in application mode. The administrative access can then be enabled in the properties of "My Computer".
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Ya, I'm actually just now sitting back down at my desk after figuring that our for myself.  Anyway, that is exactly what the problem was, so kudos to you for responding so fast.  Enjoy your points!
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