Remote Desktop Licensing in Windows Server 2008 R2

This blog article will guide you through the steps of setting up Remote Desktop Licensing or Terminal Services Licensing as it’s known in previous versions of Windows Server.

You’ve decided to move from Windows 2003 R2 to 2008 R2 domain controllers and you want to run your terminal services licensing on the new domain controllers. You can run the licensing for all your terminal servers operating with Windows 2000 Server and newer Windows Server versions on Windows Server 2008 R2.

On the domain controllers where you want to install the Terminal Services Licensing component, open Server Manager and select “Add Roles”. Then select the “Remote Desktop Services” role and click next (twice):

tsl1.png)Don’t worry, this will not turn your domain controller into a terminal server.

Don’t worry, this will not turn your domain controller into a terminal server.

Select “Remote Desktop Licensing” and click next:

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I recommend taking a look at this TechNet article before choosing one of these options. Select the appropriate option for your environment, click next, and then click install:

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Open RD Licensing Manager. Right click the licensing server and select “Activate Server”:

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There will be a couple of screens to enter information on that is specific to your organization. Enter this information and click next on each screen. Once you’ve completed the activation process, click next and the license installation wizard will begin. If you have not purchased licenses yet, uncheck this checkmark and click finish.

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Select the type of licenses you purchased from the drop down and click next:

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There will be a couple of screens to enter information on that is specific to the licensing you purchased. Enter this information and click next on each screen. The final screen will show that the licenses have been successfully installed:

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You can now see the licenses from within RD License Manager. This server has licenses for Windows 2000 and Windows 2008 Terminal Servers as shown below.

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If you have existing licenses for Windows 2003 terminal servers, you would just install them using the same process and then they will show up in RD License Manager:

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If a yellow warning sign is shown next to the server name, the remote desktop licensing service will need to be restarted before the server will start issuing licenses:

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To restart the service, open an administrative command prompt and run:

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net stop termservlicensing && net start termservlicensing

On the actual terminal server, make sure the license mode is set to the type of licenses you have installed on the licensing server. It is preferable to set this option with a GPO.

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