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I have set up a terminal server on a w2k server.  It is for a few users to login in remotely from outside the office. As of today I have started to receive this error when trying to log on to the server internally...

The remote computer disconnected the session because of an error in the licensing protocol. Please try connecting to the remote computer again or contact your server administrator.

I checked dns by ping on the term server and from the client.  Each machine resolves ip and fqdn names.
This is a 100% windows 2000 professional shop so each pc has a license built in.  Do I still need the terminal server license server running on a domain controller?
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by:redseatechnologies
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Hi bklynbound01,

>>Do I still need the terminal server license server running on a domain controller?

Yes, even if you have a built in license, your server still needs to contact a license server (which is what tell's it that the license is built in)

Hope that helps,

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by:bklynbound01
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I installed the licensing sever on a separate domain controller.  DNS checks out fine on this machine.  Am I missing some config that tells my term server to check the license server?  It is still not working inside the network.  Outside the network it seems to work.  I had a friend connect for me and the term server created a temp license for my buddy's xp home laptop.

Do I need to acitvate the license server?  Why do I need to buy cals if each w2k and xp machine has a cal built in?  I feel like Microsoft is fleecing me for more license money.
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Have a look at this - it will show you the registry keys to delete on the local workstations

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323597

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by:bklynbound01
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the local work stations are w2k not xp does that make a difference?
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>>the local work stations are w2k not xp does that make a difference?

That shouldn't matter, it should still work

If it is working externally, then you must be configured right - seems like a client problem to me

Try deleting that key above

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by:sarithvs
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you need to activate your license server
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/813052
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by:Stuart Oram
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Excellent! The client reg key deletion worked for me too, on a WIndows 2008 Terminal Server box (don't know what the licensing server is running).
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