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We have three "domain controllers / file servers" - which have Windows 2003 standard 64 bit. We have a separate Windows 2003 standard 32 bit, which we use as a Terminal Server, which is a member on the domain.

The license server is residing on the primary domain controller (PDC).

When we log on to the Terminal Server via rdp, the following message appears:

"Cannot find Windows 2003 Terminal Server License Server"...

"This computer is past its grace period and needs to connect to a Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server License Server; otherwise, Terminal Server will stop working. Click here to launch Terminal Services Configuration tool to assign a valid License Server.

When I click "here" Terminal Services Coniguration\Connections window comes up.

Under Server Settings, in License server discovery mode, I have changed it to "As specified", and have specified the PDC as the license server. When I click "Check names" the following message comes up:

"The specified License Servers are valid Windows 2003 Terminal server License Servers"


When I go to Terminal Server Licensing. The PDC is listed as "Windows Server 2003 - TS Per User CAL" with 17 open licenses.


Why does the message keep appearing every time anyone logs onto Terminal Server?


Is there something I have missed?
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I experienced this exact problem a while back.  It's apparently a glitch.  I fixed it by modifying/creating the following registry key on the terminal server.

HKEY_LOCAL-MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\TermService\Parameters\LicenseServers
if this key does not exist, create it.

then add a key with no value of the IP address or name of your license server
i attached a screen shot of my servers registry.  We have since turned over all our servers and did not have to do this when we re-installed the OS.  i presume it's fixed R2.

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I have created a new key LicenseServers, and under the key  I have made a new key (folder) with the ip address name of the pdc. Have logged out and logged back in. The message still appears.

What other settings do i need to put under that key?
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Do i need to restart the service or anything like that?
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This is the KB article i used back then.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/279561

and yes you will need to restart the server.
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Thank you for all your help
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