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Windows 2000 License being used up by deleted users!

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Running a Windows 2000 domain, Active Directory.
I have 50 per-seat licenses and 48 users.
As users have left the company, they are deleted off of AD.
I keep getting licensing warnings in Event Viewer on my license server that we are over the limit on our Windows licensing.  
I go into license manager/Properties of server and there are users in there that have been gone for 2+ years.  I revoke the licenses.
I then go into Clients (Per Seat) and delete the users there.  In a couple of days, they are all back and I am over my license limit again.

I only have 1 license server in my domain.

Any ideas??????
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by:ryangorman
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Disable the licence logging service.

See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316631
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by:ryangorman
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From Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-010
"Vulnerability in the License Logging Service Could Allow Code Execution"
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS05-010.mspx

"Disabling the License Logging service helps prevent the possibility of a remote attack. Customers that have disabled this service would be at a reduced risk to attack from this vulnerability. See the “Workarounds” section for instructions that describe how to disable this service. By default, affected operating systems other than Windows Server 2003 have the License Logging service startup type set to Automatic instead of Disabled.

Chapter 6 of Microsoft Solution for Securing Windows 2000 Server, Hardening the Base Windows 2000 Server recommends disabling the License Logging service. Environments that comply with these guidelines could be at a reduced risk from this vulnerability."
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by:bobbyajr
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Will turning off License Logging also stop the problems that users have accessing network resources when we 'surpass' our license limit?
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ryangorman earned 500 total points
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Disabling the service will prevent many of the erroneous 'out of licence' messages. Please be aware that Microsoft does not expect customers to rely on the LLS to monitor licence compliance. Therefore, you are expected to maintain correct licensing levels when the LLS is disabled.
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by:bobbyajr
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Of course.
I'll disable the service and monitor for 24 hours.
If it works, I'll award the points.

Thanks,

BA
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by:bobbyajr
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So far, so good.

Thanks for the help!

BA
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