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  • Terminal Server Licensing

    Hi folks.

    Brian Madden's Blog on TS Licensing states:

    Originally posted by Brian Madden
    Enterprise Scope

    If you choose the “Enterprise” installation option, your licensing server will respond to a license request from any Terminal Server in the same Active Directory site. If Terminal Servers from multiple domains exist in that Active Directory site, the license server will provide licenses for all of them.

    This option requires that your Terminal Servers be part of an Active Directory domain. When the licensing service starts, it registers itself with a domain controller and creates a “TS-Licensing” object in the directory, allowing Terminal Servers from any domain to query a domain controller to locate the license server.
    However I understood it that a TS Licensing Server in Enterprise Mode was able to respond to licensing requests from any server in the forest. Why on earth would Microsoft commit you to having one TS Licensing Server per site?!

    So - is Brian Madden correct, or is it more complex than simply "Right" and "Wrong"?


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    Re: Terminal Server Licensing

    This is for what I know about Windows 2008;
    At Windows 2008 forest it's for the whole forest:
    http://grounding.co.za/blogs/trevor/...licensing.aspx

    Forest: Forest scope are only available when the computer that you are installing the License Service on is a member of a domain. If you configure forest scope, terminal servers, without any additional configuration, can automatically discover a license server in the same forest. To configure forest scope, you must be logged on as an enterprise administrator to the forest in which the license server is a member.
    However I assume you are using Windows 2003?
    Well I think this is happening because of the object created in that site
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    • #3
      Re: Terminal Server Licensing

      I would have thought It would be s'thing like this:

      If you configure forest discovery scope, terminal servers, without any additional configuration, can automatically discover a license server in the same forest, because the license server is published in Active Directory Domain Services. To configure forest discovery scope, you must be logged on as an enterprise administrator to the forest in which the license server is a member.
      From: - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../cc772071.aspx
      Last edited by L4ndy; 3rd December 2008, 16:45. Reason: Read it out of context....
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      • #4
        Re: Terminal Server Licensing

        Sorry - yes I was talking about Windows Server 2003. Landy - your article DOES say that "Forest" scope was previously called "Enterprise" Scope in Server 2003... does that NECESSARILY imply that "Enterprise" scope in Windows Server 2003 allows servers to discover a Licence Server across all sites, all Domains in the Forest?

        Thanks


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        • #5
          Re: Terminal Server Licensing

          If MS have a logical way of doing things, then I'd say Yes. Bearing in mind that the all the available scopes are Workgroup, Domain and Forest (Prev Enterprise).
          there is no mention on that article about AD site restrictions!!
          There seem to be a bit of inconstancy with Brian's Blog and that Technet article regarding the Enterprise discovery scope.
          The fact is that the Blog was published in 2004 and the Technet article in 2008 so unless Brian himself can shed some light into it, I would presume that this was the way MS got the scope to work initially and then evolved it the way the Technet article describes it.
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          • #6
            Re: Terminal Server Licensing

            Maybe Yuval can give us some light
            AFAIK the TS-Licensing-Server object is created within the site where it's located (sites and services).

            However, A domain can be spread over multiple sites so it wouldn't make sense to me that only domains within the same site could contact the Licensing server.
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            • #7
              Re: Terminal Server Licensing

              Hi,

              You don't need to install unique license server to each site.
              However, due the fact the one site can reside in other location from the
              license server, you may see a performance issue like slow login etc.
              Best Regards,

              Yuval Sinay

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              • #8
                Re: Terminal Server Licensing

                Thanks Yuval



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