My Win2k Terminal Server does not issue client licenses!

Posted on 2008-11-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
Hi, We have 2003 Domain Controller where Terminal Server license is installed. We have unlimited number of Win 2000 Terminal Server licenses. We have another 2000 SP4 Terminal Server. When users try to connect to that server they get the following error message:

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

On the same server in the event viewer, i see the following warning message:

" Event ID 1004: The terminal server cannot issue a client license. "

I have tried many articles on the web with no success. Does anyone know how to fix that problem? How can I make sure that the win 2k server is pointing to our 2003 Domain Controller where the Terminal Server license service is installed?

Thank You
Question by:Turbowy
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    by:Pete Long
    Hello Turbowy,

    simplw answer - you cant -  TS licensing for 2000 and 2003 are TOTALLY different beasts, And the fact you have a 2003 TS server means you nees TS CALS for all your clients (if they are 2000 Pro or XP (regardless of when you bought the XP machines, that CAL loophole has long been closed) if you want unlimited TS Licences then downgrade your XP machines to 2000 Pro and downgrade all the TS servers to 2000.

    However you probably DONT want to move backwards so install TS Licencing on a 2003 Server, and install the correct amount of TS CALS on it.



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    Hi PeteLong, I also have 5 licenses for Server 2003. WHen users log on to the Server 2003 running Terminal Server, they have no problems. I have attached an images of what exactly I have. Based on the picture and the unlimited Build in win 2000 Server licenses, should the users on win xp pro machines be able to log into the Server 2k with Terminal Server license service?
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    by:Pete Long
    They should - but I bet they cant, Every time Ive seen the licencing Mixed, its not worked at all :)
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    I have clients still putting in new servers with 2000 on then because they simply can afford the TS Licensing to go to 2003
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