Remote Desktop Licensing Server (2k8) - Very Basic Question

Posted on 2011-10-06
Last Modified: 2012-06-27

I've just installed for the first time in our Org, a 2k8 RD Licensing server.  As soon as it came up, it was referencing another server in our enterprise.

This was a fresh install.

My question is, where did it pull this information from, and where would I go to remove it then?  I have a requirement to ensure the server isn't utilizing any other source for licensing stuff.

The server that's listed is in a different domain, same forest.  *Please forgive me, as this is the first I've ever worked with this 2k8 role.
Question by:usslindstrom
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    You will find that your license server it found is one that is advertised to the Forest, and as a result, the licensing manager has picked it up.  You can't remove it from here, but what you can do is change your license server so that it advertises to Domain only.  If the affected server is in a different domain (albeit same forest), then it won't discover this license server.

    To make these changes, use the  Remote Desktop Licensing Manager, and change the scope.
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    Thank you very much for the assistance.  Unfortunately, we're already set as "Domain" scope.
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    Author Comment

    Ah - unless you mean configure the other domain server as "domain only"...

    Unfortunately, We have no control over that server from where we stand.
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    Aaah, OK then you're going to be in trouble :)

    What you're going to have to do in that case is to configure each of your terminal servers to use only your server.  You can do this easily through the Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration.

    If my memory serves me correctly, your servers should always prefer your Domain license server, and only fall back to the forest license server if your domain license server is unavailable.  Maybe you don't have to make any changes at all, and just let it flow.  If your machines obtain licenses from the forest license server, it isn't actually a problem in the big scheme of things, because you're still officially licensed.
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    Understood.  Thank you very much for your assistance here.

    It's really appreciated.

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