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W2k3 TS Licensing

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Hi Experts,

I'm trying to figure out the licensing status of a Windows 2003 R2 server. It's being used as a terminal server and is running a license server locally.
Under 'Adminstrative Tools -> Terminal Server Licensing -> myserver' I see these two entries:


Existing Windows 2000 Server - Terminal Services CAL Token (per device) |Built-in               |Unlimited |Unlimited | 0
Windows Server 2003 - TS per User CAL                                                      |Retail Purchase |5              |5              | 0

What exactly does this mean?

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What it says: 5 "Per User" TS CALs are installed. The first entry is just for Windows 2000 terminal server, which allowed unlimited access for clients running Windows 2000 professional or later (without Home editions).
The function of Terminal Server CALs in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822134
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Thanks.
So the first row is an entry for a Windows 2000 Server using this host as a license server.

The value of the last column in the W2k3 part, with the header "Issued", is "0". Does that mean those licenses have to explicity granted to users? Also, is it true that every user needs a Server CAL in addition to the TS CAL?

 
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The "issued" issue is described in the article I linked above: "Currently, Windows Server 2003 does not manage User CALs. This means that even though there is a User CAL in the license server database, the User CAL will not be decremented when it is used. This does not remove administrators from End User License Agreement (EULA) requirements to have a valid terminal server (TS) CAL for each user. Failure to have a User CAL for each user, if Device CALs are not being used, is a violation of the EULA."

And, yes, to access terminal services, a regular server CAL is required as well as a TS CAL (neither of which are concurrent/floating!).
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