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Windows Server 2003 Standard - Licensing Query

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Hi experts can you clarify the following for me:-

1. Does Windows server 2003 standard monitor the amount of clients connteced to it?
2. If license usage is exceeded, does Windows Server 2003 STD prevent logins?
3. Can active logged on users be "dropped" off the system if license usage is exceeded.
4. Is Licence management purely an adminsitrative function in order to meet with Legal requirements?

Many Thanks
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by:BDoellefeld
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Hi. Is the nature of your questions terminal services related or non-terminal services related?

What are you considering a connection? an RDP session or something else like file shares, etc?
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HI
The question is non-terminal server related.  Just a standard user logging on to a domin with a username and password. User can then view his/her files on the server, print to netowrk printer, share and store files on server etc. Pretty stnadard stuff.  Thanks for your help.
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Thanks for the clarification

For a server with licensing setup as "per seat" with the licensing service OFF (default)  

1. Does Windows server 2003 standard monitor the amount of clients connteced to it?
It does monitor the connections but not in sense of needing it for licensing purposes

2. If license usage is exceeded, does Windows Server 2003 STD prevent logins?
No. The is not tracking CALs

3. Can active logged on users be "dropped" off the system if license usage is exceeded.
No, nothing automatic server side

4. Is License management purely an adminsitrative function in order to meet with Legal requirements?
In the case of "per seat" licensing, Yes
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by:freshfordian
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Hi BDoellefeld

The licensing server is in "per server" mode.

Until recenly we never had a problem with logins from our two Pc laps (30 PCs in each lap).  Then we recenltly added 24 laptops to the network.
Let me give you some background...The laptops are stored on a laptop trolly and connect to the network via 2 wireless (11g) access points (12 per AP ) mounted on the trolly. Both Access points are connected to a switch that is also mounted on the trolly.  A single Cat5 Cable runs from the switch to a CAT5 socket on the wall thus enabling students to log onto the network.  

The problems we are ecperienceing are:-

1. Some users cannot login when all laptops are being used together.  
2. Some users in the wired PC laps also cannot log on.
3. Some users connect successfully and are "dropped" off the network (wired or wireless)
4. we are constantly getting License usage reminders thus leading to my question.

I realise that this is probably not the correct area for EE but I feel this background migh be relevant for you.  I believe that it might be an infrastructure problem (CAT5 Cabling 10/100 switches etc), bottlenecks etc.  Your opinion would be welcome though.
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by:freshfordian
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Forgot to ask.
What is the case in per server mode?

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How many max concurrent users is the server set to? You should be able to increase this.

If you are seeing the warnings in the event logs then, yes, that does mean that you do have connections being dropped.

With Per Server licensing once the limit for concurrent connections is reached the server returns an error to the client and will not allow more connections. New users will not be able to connect until enough users have disconnected to get below the specified limit again.


Alternatively you could make the switch over to Per Seat licensing and this limitation will no longer apply. Your on your honor though to make sure you have appropriate licensing :)
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Great! This information is very useful. I will check the number of concurrent users and come back to you tomorrow.  You are a great help.  Many thanks. Chat tomorrow.
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Hi BD

I checked the Event Logs and found numerous Warnings re licenses usage.  I also found a larrge number  of Error Messages Event ID 201 indicating that Nolicense was available foruser <LAPTOP_NAME> and to check that we have sufficient licenses.  This certainly appears to be the problem.  Will try toresolve determine if problems exist with Bandwidth whic might be an additional problem.  
I have increased the number of server licenses and will speak to my ICT coordinator about purchasing more.  Many thanks for your help
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Microsft licensing is such a minefield that it's great to find someone who can cut through it with ease. Many thanks for a great  answer
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