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How do I add users to terminal services on Server 2003 Std?

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We just experienced multiple server failures.  The SBS2003 w/ Exchange and AD is down.  I also have remote users that need access to one of our accting server, however we can only connect locally at present as administrator.  With our AD and license server gone, how can I add users w/ their own credentials to terminal services to allow the remote users to continue working?
Note: Remote users can still ping the accting server, so it is accessible.

Any suggestions appreciated.
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You have to activate the Terminal Services licensing feature locally on the running server and reconfigure it to use itself for licensing.  You would then add the users as local users on the server. make sure these users are members of the remote Desktop users group.

The problem you have is that terminal services is included as part of SBS but is not included in the Server version.

How long will it take you to restore the SBS server?  DR/backups?

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I've heard by the end of the day.  However, nothing is ever certain and I need to come up with contingencies.  The Windows server states that it will continue to work for 120 days. Given the previous statement, do I still have to worry about licensing?

What do you mean add the users locally? Control panel doesn't have user account icon and server doesn't have Active Directory. Sorry for asking such a basic question, however, I am new to the position.  Thank you for any input.
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right click on My computer and select manage which will open the Computer Management interface from the Administrative tools (which you can use  as well).  Here you go to the local users and groups\users and then add as many users as you need.
Instead of adding a user at a time to the remote desktop users group, you can go into the groups section and add the users group to the Remote Desktop Users group and you should be set.

The 120 days might no longer be available. I am not sure whether a licensed terminal server can ever revert to test/evaluation application mode.


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