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Move or divide terminal server licenses.

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Hello,

We currently have a Windows 2003 Server with Terminal Server licenses on it, but we would like to either move all of them or some of them to another server.  We aren't quite sure how to do this.  Any help would be appreciated.

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Mike
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What exactly are you trying to do? Multiple Terminal Servers can share a single TS License Server, so if you want to add a new TS, you don't need to move TS licenses, just let the new machine point to the current TS LS.
If you're planning to retire the current TS LS, you indeed need to "move" the licenses. In this case, it's best to make a (W2k3) DC the new TS LS. You'll have to call the Microsoft Clearinghouse, though; the TS licenses are tied to the server on which they were activated, they can not be moved to another machine. You'll need your license numbers, then choose Telephone as activation method, and call the number given there.
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We really wanted to be able to use more than one server to run applications via terminal services so that one server doesn't have to carry the entire workload.  The applications we are using can be run anywhere.
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As I said: you buy licenses *per* *user* or *per* *device*, not "per terminalserver". If you have, for example, 200 users accessing applications on terminal services, you need 200 "Per User" TS CALs, independent of the number of terminal servers you're running.
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