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I need to activate and install Remote Desktop licenses on my Primary Domain Controller.

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I need to activate and install Remote Desktop licenses on my Primary Domain Controller.  I have installed the RD Licensing server in the PDC server.  I created the shortcut for the RD Licensing Manager on the desktop.  Now I  need to activate and install the license.

My client has Volume Licensing CALS which are installed on different PDC that is going away.  My first question is: From what I understand, I will need the Parent Program ID and the Open License ID to install the licenses.  I am not sure how to go about doing that.

Also do I  have to deactivate the license from the old PDC server before I can activate them on the new PDC.  I would like to keep the old PDC licenses active until the second we cut over to the new PDC.
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Just an FYI: There is no such thing as a Primary Domain Controller anymore. PDC emulator is a term for the FSMO role holder that does what the PDC in NT4.0 used to do, but all DCs can be used by all clients at any time, so the term is no longer used.

For the Licensing aspect of your question, you will need to get the licenses and other information required to install the licenses from your client. Those must be input when installing the CALs onto the server. They cannot be transferred from the old server, and the licenses must be deactivated on the old server before they can be activated on the new one. When you are in the Licensing manager, you there is an option to Activate the license server when you right click it. This will write the information about the server (Server name and some other data) to Active Directory, which will help session hosts find it. You'll want to deactivate the old server as well, which can be done in the same way, but you'll go through a wizard that is required by Microsoft which will tell the licensing clearing house that you are moving the licenses to a new server. You'll have to complete that process before activating those licenses on a new server.

You will probably want to communicate with your client about upgrading their CALs anyway, since only server 2012 CALs can be used when connecting to a server 2012 Session host. If they choose to get 2012 CALs, those can be used alongside the old CALs, which can remain on the old server.
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Thanks Adam, I appreciate your expertise and feedback.
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