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Terminal Services Licensing Issue

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Hi there,

We have a SBS2000 machine that has 40 CALS. On the domain is also a 2000 server that runs terminal services. The terminal services licensing manager resides on the SBS box. Just in the last day, we can only get about 28 people to log on to the term serv box. Everyone else is refused connections. On the term serv box, and error appears saying License usage for a product licensed in per server mode has exceeded......etc". All clients are running 2000 or XP. Also getting an event ID 201 in the application log saying No licences are available. At the moment, the term serv box is licensed per-server. Should this be per-seat since all machines are 2000 or XP. Does anyone have any ideas why we would be running out of licenses? thanks for your help....
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Hi scissors76,

according to Microsoft Terminal Services Licensing White Paper (http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/howitworks/terminal/tslicensing.asp), devices running Windows 2000 Professional or its successors (i.e. Windows XP Professional) do not require a TS CAL to connect to a Windows 2000-based terminal server for they have built-in licences.  So you are right, this does not seem to be a licensing issue.  As per Microsoft's knowledge base article Q305138 (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q305138) there can be an issue on SBS if programs or services log on to the server as a user, which may use more licenses than expected.  A patch has been release and can be downloaded on the article's web page.

Hope this helps,

Ryan
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