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We are wanting to make a windows 2003 server we have that has Sharepoint WSS 3.0 on it, which is used on our internal network everyday, and want to make this server a app terminal server, the only problem is we want to make sure once we make the switch over to app mode that sharepoint will not stop working.

In the install it states: If you continue with this installation, programs that are already installed on your server will no longer work .

We sure dont want that to happen, this is the only thing we are concerned with, I have read some other threads about that some suers have had no problems and some had to reinstall office, but really the only concern is SHAREPOINT.
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I would recommend that a terminal server ALWAYS be a standalone box as you do not want users logging in to a server that is also hosting server apps. Especially if they are not locked down properly and have access to the internet via the terminal server. If you do not the extra hardware for a standalone box and only need a few users to access it I would suggest vmware and virtualize it and ONLY use it as a terminal server.

In answer to your question I dont see why it would affect sharepoint at all but I always build a terminal server on a seperate box so I could not tell you for sure.
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Yes, I understand the precautions of putting it on that server, it will be locked down pretty good. we could run Virtual server on that server but I have a feeling installing virtual server on that box will cause issues with sharepoint as well? both of the win 2003 servers we have are pretty important server right now. All the other servers we have are windows 2000 servers, so that that defeats the purpose.
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Vmware Server is free and does not use IIS I believe, so it will not affect your sharepoint (use the latest version on 1, 2 beta is web based). It is a lot less hassle than Virtual Server. I have set up a terminal server using vmware on a small business server and I did not have any issues, especiall with sharepoint.
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what about licenses for that win 2003 server?
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Here is info on Micrsoft's licensing terms for virtualization:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/8/9/68964284-864d-4a6d-aed9-f2c1f8f23e14/virtualization_brief.doc

Its like reading latin. This article clears it up a bit:
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/highlights/virtualization/faq.mspx

What I gather from it (Do not quote me on this) is that unless it is Windows Server 2003 Enterprise R2 you cannot run multiple OS's on the same hardware at the same time with the same license.
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thanks, Also dont you get a 120 day trial on TS? We did this on a test server and we activated the server as licenses server but only I can log in thought you had 120days?
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Sorry I was kinda busy ... To answer your question you do get 120 days before the TS requires a Licensing server and TS licenses installed on it. It will not let TS users log in once the 120 days is up.
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