Terminal Service license on MAC OSX

Posted on 2006-06-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-29
I have a client who runs a MAC, OS X.  The terminal service license on the client is expiring (for some reason it does not receive a permanent license).  I do have WINDOWS CALS available on my Windows 2003 Terminal Server.  On a windows client PC I have been able to resolve this issue by deleting the sub keys in the registry value:

What I am looking for is something equivalent to it, on a MAC.
Microsoft states I can find that value on a MAC under the following location:
/users/Shared/Microsoft/RDC Crucial Server Information =KB 187614
I also found a solution that stated to modify/delete the contents in this key:
Go edit ~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/RDC Client/RDC Default Settings

The problem is, that I do not see these keys/files/folders, or similar on any of MAC OSX, that I go to (5 different machines).
When I browse the MAC for 'microsoft' I do not see anything that resembles either key.  
So I guess I am asking, where is they key?  Or how do I remove the client's license cache on a MAC?
Thanks in advance!
Question by:smcmcnutt
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    Accepted Solution

    ~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/RDC Client/RDC Default Settings was found on my computer when I looked for it.  The ~ is short for the home directory of a particular user, not a general system wide preference such as Macintosh HD/Library/Prefereces (where I do not have any RDC files)

    In short though, I do not thing that the client access files are stored on the Mac version, they use what is available on the server.  You should probably still trash the preference files and see if that resolves your problem though.


    Author Comment

    They you for your help.  I apologize though, becuase I'm MAC illiterate.  
    So you're saying go to the user's name and navigate from there?
    What do you mean by trashing the preferences file?
    Thank you much for your time!

    Author Comment

    I found someone who had been versed in the MAC, and was able to find the key you referred to.
    I will have my user try tonight, and will reply and reward in the morning!
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    Expert Comment

    The tilde (~) is just a nix shortcut to whatever the current logged in user is.  The Remote Desktop preferences are user specific and stored in the individual users home/library folder.  All the different directories with the same name can be confusing until you understand what they are for.  /System/Library are generally for Apple's use for the OS, /Library are system wide related files and are used by third party applications, ~/Library are for user specific files/folders


    Expert Comment

    I was working on this same issue for a client recently and found the data i needed to delete in the following path:

    Macintosh HD -> Users -> Shared -> RDC Crucial Server Information.

    Deleting the contents of this folder effectively "reset" the terminal services licensing so my client could use her RDP with a temporary license again.
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    Expert Comment

    What version of RDC was your client using?  This path appears to be for RDC 2, which only came out in the past year (2008)  

    I strongly suggest anyone to upgrade as it brings the Mac version closer the Windows version especially being able to run more than one RDC connection at a time

    Expert Comment

    Correct. It was RDC 2.

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