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I recently demoted our file server from being an Active Directory controller. I now have 2 other servers that are redundant AD servers. I have moved all the FSMO roles to one of them and it's mostly working fine. However there now appears to be a problem with the server licensing. Although I've set up the PDC Emulator correclty, the file server still seems to think licensing is coming from somewhere else. Users keep getting booted off because there aren't enough licenses. Apparently the licensing system on Windows Server 2003 doesn't work very well. Does anyone have any info on how I can just reset the entire licensing scheme and ensure that all licensing is managed exclusively by the PDC Emulator?
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you need to go to tscc.msc and in the server settings folder there is licensing mode, right click to properties and you will get a dialog box, i'd assign 'use these license servers'  then put the name of the pdc-e server in there...for example mine says 'pdc'
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ps- if this doesn't' work then you should check if you licensing pack of cals is installed on the new pdc-e..
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I'm looking now in tscc.msc and I see something that says "Licensing". The only option I have under Licensing Mode is "Remote Desktop for Administration".

Most of what you said is over my head. I'm a programmer, not a network administrator. Can you provide some more detail?
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Open AD Sites and Services, highlight the Site. In the right pane you should see "Licensing Site Settings". Verify if  the license server is correct.
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I have verified that. It shows correctly yet still isn't working on the file server.
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wait is this a terminal server?  or a file server?  if you have anything but terminal server and cals, you can only have 2 logins to a box.  if this is terminal server then you should have the options in the box i said
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It's just a regular file server. I'm not worried about remote desktop connections. The 2 we have are enough for our needs. The problem is it keeps disconnecting users because the file server thinks it has run out of licenses.
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no answer helped but this was the first response.
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