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Windows 2003 licenses

Posted on 2004-09-27
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Hi,

We have our servers in mixed mode. We have 2 windows nt terminal server one is acting as PDC and other is BDC. We have 2 more w2k servers as member server in this NT domain with terminal services enabled. One of the w2k server is running terminal licensing server. Not active directory is setup.

Now we are planning to buy two more windows 2003 servers. We will add these as a member server too. We don't have any plan to switch to active directory yet. These are also used as terminal server and will host citrix server.

So my question is do we need to buy 2003 server's terminal licenses and have to setup one more license server on one of these boxes? or it will discover terminal license server already hoseted on w2k?

Also for our w2k boxes we have bought open licenses around 150 CAL and 150 Terminal CAL. On our agreement summary it says our licenses are expired. Is this mean we need to buy these again? If then we need to buy thsese every two year as cureent licenses are expired in two year.

Thanks for help,
Simy
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by:harleyjd
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OK. Terminal server licencing changed with TS2003. You now must have a CAL for every machine that creates an RDP session to the server, there are no more auto-granted licences for W2kPro and WXPPro - given your size, I'd guess you're running WBT's anyway...

So, first Q - Yes, you need Windows 2003 Terminal Server CALS. You will have to move the licence server to a W2k3 box to activate the W2k3 TS Cals.

Second Q - Open licence is a perpetual licence. You have the right to use the product forever. Your agreement will have expired, but not the right to use. You can no longer add more licences to the agreement, so you will have to create a new agreement to purchase new licences.
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by:coolrajm
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Thanks.

If i moved my licensed server to w2k3 then what about my old licenses with w2k and what if i want create RDP session with w2k machine.


Thanks,
Simy
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from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/community/centers/terminal/terminal_faq.mspx:

Q.      How do I move my licenses from one licensing server to another?
      
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You should back up your Terminal Services licensing server regularly by using the Windows Backup tool or similar. This will help protect your licensing data from accidental loss if your system experiences hardware or storage failure.

When backing up a Terminal Server License Server, back up both the System State data and the folder in which the Terminal Server License Server is installed. This ensures that data in both the registry and the Terminal Services licensing server database is backed up.

If you restore the System State data and the database to the original Terminal Services licensing server computer, any unissued licenses are restored correctly as long as you have not replaced the operating system on the computer. Otherwise any unissued licenses are not restored and an event will appear in the system log providing the unissued count. You can still restore the unissued licenses by using the TS License Manager tool with the Telephone activation mechanism, and requesting the licenses back. You can switch to the Telephone mechanism by right clicking on the server in TS License Manager, and selecting properties from the menu.

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not very helpful. The upshot seems to be that you need to reassign the licences on the new server, by calling Microsoft Clearinghouse to reactivate the old licences so you can install them again.

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Thanks. Sorry for delayed reply.



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