license problem on sbs 2003
Posted on 2009-05-05
We discovered a Microsoft SBS 2003 server with licensing issues. It seems that the following message has been appearing in the event viewer for years.
License service event id 221, "License usage for product Windows Server is nearing the maximum number of per server licenses purchased. Consult Licensing from the Administrative Tools folder for more information."
In December08 the following message started to appear in the event viewer.
License service event id 201, "No license was available for user domainname\domainuser using product FilePrint . Use Licensing from the Administrative Tools folder to ensure that you have sufficient licenses."
These messages appeared in the event view unitl mid January during which time the office staff were having intermittent difficulty logging on.
In mid January the 201 events just stopped with no intervention by the office or support staff. The 221 events continued until mid March and they stopped with no intervention by the office or support staff.
The license application says that there are 5 installed licenses. It says the maximum usage is 10. The number of domain accounts that regularly log on to this server is between 8 and 12. It's clear that we need more CALs and we're fine buying more. I'd like to have some certainty however, that buying and installing licenses will resolve the issue of intermittently being unable to log on to the domain. Given the erratic nature of the events over the last few months, I'm wondering if there is some thing wrong the the license service on this machine. Also how do I know whether the existing CALs are user CALs or device CALs and what would be the best choice for the new CALs.
Thanks in advance for your help.