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Swapping out old 2003 Terminal Server with a new 2003 Terminal Server

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Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I currently have a Windows 2003 Server which just runs Terminal Services.  This server is being retired and I would like to put a new one in its place.  I have joined the domain with the new 2003 server successfully but when I take the original TS server offline I am not able to add any licensing to the new one?  I think I'm going about the retirement of this server wrong.  Do I need to remove the licensing part of the old TS before I install the new one? Or is there a way to transfer it? Thanks for the help.
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Was the old TS server also the TS License server?  If so, I think you will need to call Microsoft to transfer your licenses to the new TS server.


Yes, it was.  I have all the licensing info with me and I thought I could just add it to the new server...

More info:  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/community/centers/terminal/terminal_faq.mspx#EUF

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

When backing up a Terminal Server Licensing server, back up both the system state data and the folder in which the Terminal Server Licensing server is installed. This step 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 then selecting properties from the menu.
But I think you can also call Microsoft and just install a new License server and new licenses....http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;325869


I would like to steer clear of restoring. My colleagues feel it would lead to possible problems.  I guess what I'm asking is how to make the new server the "TS Licensing Server"? Thanks for the info ubove it is helpful.
You have to install the TS License Server...  Do this in ADD/REMOVE Programs.  Once you do this, you need to ACTIVATE the license server.  In your case, this will require a call to Microsoft...and give them your license numbers.  I think you will need to call them because you will transfer your licecenses from one server to the other.

You will see the number to call when you activate the server (if comes up on the wizard).

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Okay.  Will give that a try
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