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Windows 2003 SBS License server  and a Windows 2003 Standard Terminal server will not issue TS User CALS

Posted on 2004-10-08
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We have just migrated an NT4 domain to Windows 2003SBS.  We tried to implement on the SBS box a 5 user Terminal server in application mode and activated the server accordingly.

We later found during testing that it will not issue the user cals on the retail license pack entered, it keeps issueing temprory device cals upto 3 users at a time.  

We phoned microsoft who advised us that because we are using SBS it will NOT act as a TS app server and that we need a seperate Windows 2003 Standard server to act as the Terminal Server.

We implemented this and added it as a member server and tried again.  This time STILL no joy, but found a cuople of reistry changes to make the server find the licence server and change the cals in the reg to user cals.

This still did not work so we DCPROMO it to a DC.  and still we cannot get it to issue the retail CALS  purchased.  It is now a week since deploying the second server and we cannot make this work.

Please help!
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There was no need for the dcpromo; all you need to do is set your Terminal Server to request "Per User" licenses; default is "Per Device".

The Function of Terminal Server CALs in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=822134

Note that, as described in the article, W2k3 Per User licenses are currently NOT managed. That means you can use them, but you will not notice a decrease in the number of available licenses in License Manager.

Then there's a fault in the "Per User" setting on a W2k3 TS:
Terminal Services Licensing mode changes from Per User to Per Device after you add or remove a Windows component
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=834651

Maybe of interest, too:
Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server Licensing
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/termservlic.mspx

Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server Licensing Issues and Requirements for Deployment
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=823313
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