Terminal Server Licencing and Aquisition

Posted on 2005-03-29
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Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Hi Everyone,

I've done a fair bit of research and have a decent understanding of the Terminal Server 2003 licencing however am not 100% sure of what is happening in our situation

We have win 2003 Term Server up and running and almost let the 'Grace Period' Expire without the purchase / implementation of the Licencing server.

At this stage we had set up around 14 accounts.

9 accounts created on day 1 of grace period
5 accounts created on day 118 of grace period

We then implemented the Licencing Server and purchased 20 Per User Cals and switched to Per User Mode.

Another 9 accounts were created

Total accounts = 23       Total licences = 20

We are able to connect with all 23 users to the server...?

Is this because the 5 accounts that we created on day 118 of the grace period were issued a 120 day temp licence?  and as its been 82 (30-03-05) days since the instalation of the Licencing Server they are still using this temp licence?

The 9 accounts created on day 1 of the grace period would have expired, but does the temp licence have to 'run out' before communication to the licencing server occurs to aquire a 'Proper CAL'...meaning these 5 accounts created on day 118 of the grace period will expire in 38 days?

Question by:CharterMerc
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That's because Per User TS CALs aren't managed (yet), so you won't notice a decrease in the available licenses. To comply with the EULA, you'll still have to add the missing licenses.

The function of Terminal Server CALs in Windows Server 2003

"Currently, Window Server 2003 does not manage User CALs. This means that even though there is a User CAL in the license server database, the User CAL will not be decremented when it is used. This does not remove administrators from End User License Agreement (EULA) requirements to have a valid terminal server (TS) CAL for each user. Failure to have a User CAL for each user, if Device CALs are not being used, is a violation of the EULA. In the future, this behavior will be changed and User CALs will be managed. "

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