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Windows Server Licensing showing negative value

Posted on 2011-03-15
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Good day. I know that there are inconsitancies with the licensing feature of Windows server but I want to know what to do in my situation.  All of our servers are Windows 2003 Server.

We have 100 Per device licenses available and we have the servers configured to accept Per device/Per User licenses and not Server licenses. I noticed that the 100 licenses had been removed after the last server restart. I readded them but the Licensing Prodecut view states that there are 0 Per server licenses purchased (correct) but -72 licenses per server reached. Under the Clients tab it states that all of my users (user name) have unlicensed usage.

Any idea what to do here?
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Yes: simply disable the License Logging Service on all servers in your domain. As you just noticed, it never worked reliably, and Microsoft says that you can safely disable it in most environments (SBS excluded, where licensing is enforced). The LLS is disabled by default in W2k3, and not included in W2k8 anymore.
Description of the License Logging Service in Windows Server operating systems
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824196
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If I disable it will it cause any issues to my users or will they notice anything when I disable it?
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If you don't have an SBS domain, there should be no issues.
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How do I know if I have SBS?
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On SBS, the key "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SmallBusinessServer\setup" should exist.
Or if you have a server management console looking like the one here: http://www.askserverexperts.com/small-business-server2003.htm
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Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't realize you meant Small Business Server. No, we do not have SBS.
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Then there should be no issues.
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