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I have a 2003 Terminal server with a 2000 license server.  But recently found out (after 120 dys) that the 2003 server cannot contact the 2000 license server.

So I installed the license service on the 2003 server.  I called Microsoft and upgraded the terminal server licenses from 2000 to 2003 but ofcourse the new 2003 license server when contacting Microsoft errors out.  So I gather I have to remove the licenses that I want from the 2000 server but to do that I have to decomision the 2000 license server first.  And then go ahead with the 2003.

I also have other licenses on the 2000 server and would like to keep them there but after I decomision it I would have to reinstall - correct?  or just install them on the 2003 server.

Do I have this right?

Funny thing on the new 2003 server license manager is it says there are an existing unlimited 2000 TL Cals?  I don't get that...
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The only way to transfer TS CALs from one license server to another is to keep the license certificate(s) at hand and call the Microsoft Clearinghouse (using the activation by telephone). The TS CALs you enter are bound to the very machine you're installing them on, so there's no way to export/import licenses.
The reason you have unlimited TS CALs for Windows 2000 is that a terminal server running Windows 2000 doesn't require licenses for clients running Windows 2000 pro or XP pro. A W2k3 terminal server requires a license for any connection.
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