Windows Server 2003 Licensing and Revoking Clients
Posted on 2006-07-19
I am new to this game so please work with me. About a year and a half ago, I took over the IT dept. (which is just me) for a small company. The guy that worked here before me left quite a mess to clean up and had already left before I started the position. Over the past year, I have been very busy including upgrading over all of our client machines. I am basically learning as I go.
I recently noticed that there are error messages in my Event Viewer stating that I am over the number of licenses for Windows Server 2003. These licenses are setup as Per User or Device. I am over by 26 licenses. When I go into Admin Tools - Licensing, selcet the Products View Tab and double click the Windows Server to view the Clients, I notice that many of the clients are "duplicated." For example, I have the user "ADMIN\ALICE" and "MYDOMAIN\ALICE".
Is it necessary to have the users from ADMIN or can I just revoke all of the ADMIN\Users? Why are these ADMIN/Users even listed as using a license? What exactly does revoking do? Does it just remove their license from Windows Server 2003?
Thanks for all the help!