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W2k8 R2 RDS License Server in workgroup not issuing per-Device-CALs to W2k8 (R2) TS

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Hi!

I have a problem regarding our new RDS-Licensing-server.

We want to setup a centralized license-server to provide TS-CALs to all of our TS in various domains.

To do this, I installed a license-server (w2k8 R2) in workgroup, activated it and installed the CALs.

For testing purposes, all firewall rules are disabled which means any-any accept (in both directions).

In the TS I specified the license-server to use and license diagnosis works fine after providing the credentials of the license-server.

However, clients cant connect to the ts because the ts is not 'pulling' a CAL from the license server...

I've read an article about this, with no final solution.
http://www.ms-news.net/f3835/2008-license-server-workgroup-11816902-2.html

Thanks for help!

Regards
Jan
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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What is a scope of uor RDS Licensing server? Domain or Forest? I think in this case you should change it from Domain to Forest wide.

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You cant change the scope since the LS is in a workgroup.
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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That's right! It will be done automatically if you join your TS server into domain. Then you should change its scope from "domain" to "forest"

Workgroup TS Licensing server won't issue licenses for domain(s).

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Sure I can make the LS a DC but MS sayd I need a two-way trust and thats not what I want. Maybe a one way trust is sufficient.

The LS is providing CALs to W2k3-TS fine but not to W2k8. I think its an authentication issue...

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Jan
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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OK then, you have TS CALs for 2003 only, so 2008 won't work. You have to set up TS on 2008 and buy new licenses.

Extract from MS web site
(http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/licensing-terminal.aspx)

"Q.  I have Windows Server 2003 Per User TS CALs. I’ve just upgraded one of my Terminal Servers to Windows Server 2008 R2, can I continue to connect that with my Windows Server 2003 CALs?

A.  No, you’ll need to buy Windows Server 2008 RDS Per User CALs for each user who accesses the new server. However, if you have Software Assurance on the Windows Server 2003 TS CALs, you’re covered and the upgrade is free."

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Krzysztof
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by:janwrage
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No no no, i have both types of licenses. Just wrote that to clarify the difference. Have good knowledge of this stuff.
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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OK, then :)

You need to disable autodiscovery mode of TS Licensing server and set up it manually for 2003 and for 2008 :)

Create new GPO for that. Edit that node

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components
\Terminal Services\Licensing

and assign for proper OU where you separate TS servers (2003 and 2008)

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Krzysztof
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I have already specified the license server in the W2k8-TS-Configuration. Also License Diagnosis reports no problem after providing the correct credentials.

Seems like I need to create a domain and create a trust...
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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Yeah, it looks like that :)

I don't know your organization's requirements, but you mentioned that you have a domain and workgroup, right?

If so, you can create the new domain as a part of an existing forest. Then you don't have to worry about trust between them. The trust will be done automatically.

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No answer to my initial question provided.
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