Terminal services Windows 2000 server Application server mode NOT ACTIVATED

hi,
I am running Windows 2000 server, using it as a small file server as well as running Terminal Services in Application Server mode.

The terminal server is not activated.  In the event manager, I'm now getting a warning: "Terminal Services Licensing on server PE2400 has not been activated.  Terminal Services Licensing will only issue temporary licenses until the server is activated.  See Terminal Services Licensing help topic for more information."

If I just want Windows 2000 Pro or Window XP pro workstations to connect to via RDC, do I need to buy a TS CAL for the server?  This link from M$oft says no: "http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q244749" .

Will XP pro and 2000 Pro worstations continue to be able to connect via RDC indefinately?  If so, I assume I can safely ignore the TS activation error?
thank you
stevekaluAsked:
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Debsyl99Commented:
Hi
You need to activate the terminal server for it to be able to issue ts cals. The temporary cals are only valid for 90 days and after this they won't be renewed. It doesn't cost anything to activate the terminal server, and so long as you are running 2000/xp pro then you won't need to purchase additional cals - note that you do however with XP Home Edition.
More info,
Windows 2000 Terminal Services Licensing FAQ
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/server/howtobuy/pricing/tsfaq.asp
How To Activate a License Server by Using Terminal Services Licensing in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306622

Deb :)

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stevekaluAuthor Commented:
great info, thanks Deb!
Debsyl99Commented:
Glad to help :))
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