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All, I have a terminal server running on Server 2003.  Most things seem to be doing okay, but the licensing server that it uses seems to be in some sort of a zombie state.  Without getting into details on that, let me just say, if I remove the network cable to the licensing server(separate machine), my terminal server still lets users log in.  In fact, it will let new users log in too.

It's almost like the terminal server itself is in license-zombie mode, where it doesn't seem to care whether there is a CAL available or not.

My question is this . . . Suppose I disconnect the cable from my licensing server permanently at this point?  Should I have problems immediately?  Or is there some grace period associated with licensing server downtime?

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there are built in temporary licenses, i do not recall how long they are good for, i think like 90 days from the very first time that computer access the TS. Also, older versions of Windows such as 2000 pro or XP pro have their own built in CAL and do not require a license to physically access the server.  The Microsoft license agreement may now require one though.

To answer the disconnect question, you will have a grace period of days if you shut down or pull the cable to the license server.

From Microsoft:  For each permanent Per Device CAL that is issued, an expiration period is applied. This expiration period is a random number of days between 52 to 89 days after the license is issued. The terminal server always attempts to renew these CALs seven days before they expire.
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That's what I needed, thank you.
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