windows server 2003 sbe terminal server.. critical

Posted on 2006-04-15
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Hello, I have a problem.  I am installing win2003 sp1 server sbe and need to enable terminal services. I have delt with TS since the 4.0 days.  when I go to add/remove programs only TS licensing is there.  I enable it and setup a temporary licensing server.  But I can not change the server from admin to applicaton mode.  I need 10 users to access this server and will be pruchasing the licenses this week, but i really need it up by monday.

It was my understanding that 2003 had a temporary licensing system like 2000 but it was for 120 days instead of 90... all i need is 10 to 20 days, or as long as it takes to get them from microsoft and setup.

If any one can help, i would appreciate it.

Question by:chris_nt
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    Windows Small Business Server 2003 does not support Terminal Services in Application Mode.  You must realize that this is NOT a Small Business EDITION... it is Small Business SERVER... a separate technology that integrates a unified server environment in a single machine.  TS in Application Mode does not run on an SBS due to both Security reasons (SBS is a Domain Controller) as well as the mere fact that you wouldn't be able to provide adequate resources to run a 10 user Terminal Server along with everything else that's on your network.  The only TS mode on an SBS machine is Administrative for a maximum of two users.

    Unfortunately you don't have even ONE day to allow this to be enabled on your server.  

    If you want Terminal Services in an SBS enviornment you must add a separate Terminal Server (either Windows 2000 or 2003).  If you have a license for a Windows 2000 server, that's your best deal because it does not require additional TS user CALs.  Server 2003 DOES require additional TS user CALS (in addition to the SBS user CALs).

    Complete information about the features of SBS are here:

    Please note the bottom of that page that describes why Terminal Services is not available.

    The how-to paper for adding a Server 2003 Terminal Server to your SBS network is here:
    and the how-to for a Windows 2000 Terminal Server see:

    Since you are just learning about SBS, I'd also suggest that you review this paper that explains why SBS is different than standard Server 2003:


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    hmm, your responce does not surprise me.  thanks for the info, guess i will set up a 2000 server for now, which would be ok.. but i need more than 256 colors on the interface.  this 2003 sbs server stuff was just dumped in my lap.  If you know how to run more than 256 colors on win2k let me know.

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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    Sorry, not with win2k... only with Server 2003.  If any of these users ALSO have a desktop within the LAN, they can access their desktop instead through Remote Web Workplace (which is how users should access the Terminal Server as well).  More info on that here:


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