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Hi,

We've recently acquired a new business (Company B) to add to our own (Company A). The two businesses will be run as independant organisations, but will share many administrative functions (Sales, IT, HR, etc). Both businesses run Windows Server 2003 with AD.

The plan is to add the new organisation (Company B) to our existing AD Forest as a new Domain (Domain B).

The new organisation runs a Terminal Server (under Windows Server 2003) that will be part of this domain (Domain B) , but will be located in a different physical and AD site to other servers in the domain - in fact, it will be located with servers from the Company A (Domain A) and accessed via VPN by users in Domain B.

Users from both Domain A and Domain B will be using services on the Terminal Server. There are no other Terminal Services in the Forest.

My question surrounds the setting up of a Terminal Server Licensing Server.

I was planning to setup the Licensing Server on the same machine as the Terminal Server as an Enterprise Licensing Server (to serve licenses to both Domains).

However Microsoft documentation says:- "Enterprise License Server – Enterprise license server is the default setting for a license server. Its scope is an Active Directory site."

If an Enterprise License Servers scope is a AD Site - and the fact that my TS Licensing Server is in a different site (albeit same domain) to other machines, will the machines in Domain B not be able to acquire licenses from this server? Or have I misunderstood the term "site" in this context?

All advice much appreciated. :-)

Regards,

Richard Tubb.
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Hi,

I'm still looking for advice on whether a Terminal Server Enterprise License Server will serve licenses to machines in more than one AD Site.

Any suggestions gratefully received.

Regards,

Richard Tubb.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 2000 total points
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You won't have a problem with what you are trying to do.  But just in case I've misunderstood your parameters, there is an easy way to override the default Licensing Server discovery :  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q279561

Jeff
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Thanks Jeff! That answers all my questions.

Regards,

Richard Tubb.
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