old users never die, ok really users that have been gone from the company for a year use a license.

Posted on 2006-05-17
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I run a 2003 active directory with exchange 2003.
I normaily rename accounts and reuse them when a replacement person comes along or
if the user is not replaced at all then the account is deleted.

When I check the licensing manager in windows these old names of users that i have even forgot about
pop up taking a license even with no access.

What is happening here and how do I stop it.

I have both windows and exchange set for per user mode.
I would assume that when i rename an account it does not take a second license. It still has the same SID even.

Question by:vppsit
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    Expert Comment

    WHat happens if you stop and start the licensing service? Do the stale accounts disappear?
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    Accepted Solution

    The license logging service has never been really doing what it was supposed to do; Microsoft states that you can safely disable it in most surroundings, it's disabled by default in Server 2003, and it won't be included in future versions of Windows Server. Check here for more information:
    Description of the License Logging Service in Windows Server operating systems

    If you want to continue using it, you'll have to reset the license information completely; check here on how to do that:
    How to reset the License Logging service in Windows Server 2003
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    Author Comment

    Interesting reading
    How does on maintain the number of licenses on a network then?
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    Expert Comment

    By checking the number of user and/or computer accounts, for example.
    As you've noticed, the license logging service is rather unreliable ...

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