“Terminal Services temporary client license will expire in…”

Having used the different versions of Windows Server 2003 for a long time I tend to use Standard Edition to utilise Terminal Services for remote workers.

In some instances before the implementation is full complete and the required TS CALS purchased a user will be required to log in after the 120 days temporary license has expired.  A temporary work around to resolve this remotely is as follows:

  1. Login remotely via VPN.
  2. Using “Computer Management” click “Action” > “Connect to another computer…” and type in the IP address of the server and click OK.
  3. Expand “Services and Applications” and then click “Services”.
  4. Scroll down to “Terminal Server Licensing”, right click¬†and “Stop”.
  5. Using Explorer browse to “\\<ip address>\c$\WINDOWS\system32\LServer” delete all the files ending “.edb”
  6. Go back to “Computer Management” and “Start” the “Terminal Server Licensing” service.

The client can now logon with out the expiry message.

Please note: To carry out the steps above you are required to have administrator access rights to the server.

One thought on ““Terminal Services temporary client license will expire in…””

  1. The person who sgsgeuted logmein (or whatever that remote control service is) needs to read the question again that’s a fine solution for ONE USER at a time. This person needs SEVEN users.Server 2003 is a little cheaper but you have to think about what you are doing with it and if there will be any growth. A terminal server should have LOTS of RAM I like as an absolute MINIMUM 512 MB per user prefer 1 GB per user. BUT 32 bit versions of Windows Server Standard only support 4 GB of RAM TOTAL. You could go with Enterprise but that’s $3000+. So you’re left with 64bit Versions of Windows which you need to check your software on MOST 32bit software will work fine under x64, but NOT ALL. (64 bit versions of Windows go at least to 32 GB of RAM Enterprise 64bit, I believe, goes to 2TB).As for parallels or another virtual platform, you still need windows licenses AND licenses for parallels In the end, for 7 users, the total cost may be SLIGHTLY more expensive for a Windows solution instead of parallels, but if you ever need to add more stations, it will rapidly become cheaper with Windows. The exception to this is if you end up with software that is not compatible with Windows Server 64bit versions. Then parallels will likely be worth the cost.By the way 2003 and 2008 have the same 4 GB limit for 32 bit versions of Server standard. I’d go wtih 2008, as it will last you longer and offers some advanced RDP (Terminal Services) features, like Terminal Services Gateway.

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