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I would like to know if it is possible to transfer terminal services CALS from one server to another dynamically.

I have a remote terminal server, and I don't want to buy duplicate TS CALs, because only 1 of the 2 servers would be in use at any given time.


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Probably. TS licensing is one of the most confusing schemes I have seen.
The answer will vary depending on your licensing type and what version of TS you are using.
What TS version are you using? NT 4 TS, Win2k, Win2k3?
What type of licensing? TS Device CAL or TS User CAL

With any luck you are running TS Licensing Service on a server and can point the new server at the licensing server and call it good.

How it gets even more confusing:
With Win2K Terminal Server licensing, if a client device is running the most recent version of the Windows desktop operating system, a TS CAL is NOT required to satisfy the licensing requirement. However, with Windows Server 2003, a TS CAL is required for each device or user using Terminal Server functionality, irrespective of which desktop operating system is running on the device.
Every Windows XP Pro desktop license that your company owned on the date of the public launch of Windows Server 2003 (April 24, 2003?) is eligible for a Windows Server 2003 TS CAL.
See : http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/tsletter.mspx

And if you want to make it really confusing start looking into Office component licensing on TS between 2000 and 2003.

Anyway you may want to check out the TS licensing document:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/f/2/2f2dc861-d567-4492-ae88-81afafa2d08d/Terminal%20Server%20Licensing.doc 

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It really is that complicated! But I have a similar operation planned and Microsoft have been very helpful on the phone, and have even offered to guide us through the process when the time comes.

I suggest you contact MS Licencing team in your region, but it does appear to be possible - but complicated!

HTH

AJ.
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