Setting up Terminal Services

Posted on 2006-04-11
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
Maybe this is complete over kill but we keep running out of sessions on our servers for remote administration.  I know that a basic setup lets you have 2 sessions logged on plus one console.  I also know that you can steal the console port on a 2003 box by typeing mstsc /console in run.  All our server liscenses include 5 cals.  So i figure why not setup a terminal server.

I have done the following..

Turn the computer into a terminal server...
Installed terminal server liscenses...

what i am confused about is that the server issues temporary liscenses to the clients? I am also confused about because when i setup the liscense portion it asked me to enter in some liscenses.  I guess i assumed that there would already be 5 in there.

Any help would be great appreciated :D
Question by:mightofnight
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    There are no terminal licenses included in WIndows 2003. Just 5 Client Access licenses, meaning use the file/printer sharing via the network.
    For a grace period the terminal server will issue temporary licenses (I think for 90 days), after that you have no longer access to your box via TS without buying TS licenses.

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    Why do you keep running out of connections for remote administration? There's usually no need to connect directly to a server to run administrative tasks; most tasks can be done using remote administration tools (most important of all adminpak.msi, which you'll find the %systemroot%\system32 folder on a W2k3 server).
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    To help ypu with your session problem: under Terminal Service Configuration you can defin an inactivit timeout ...
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    Ok i guess i was confused.  I didn't realize the difference between cal and TS.  I more so wanted to setup TS for the enjoyment of saying that i have done it.  I personally use the Administrative Tools.  and setting up session timeouts always annoys people when their stuff closes out on them. i guess i just need to have everyone run theire stuff at the consol session.

    Thanks Guys!

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