Windows 2000 Terminal Services Requires Licensing Service

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Windows 2000 Terminal Services uses a license-management feature called Terminal Services Licensing. This feature is used to manage license quantities for Windows 2000 Terminal Services Client Access Licenses (CALs) and Windows 2000 Terminal Services Internet Connector. No other licenses (such as Microsoft Office CALs or Windows 2000 File and Print CALs) are managed by Terminal Services Licensing.

Licensing management is for Windows 2000-based servers with Terminal Services installed in Application Server mode. Application Server mode is similar in concept to Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. Note that Terminal Services installed in Remote Administration mode does not require Terminal Services CALs or the deployment of the Terminal Services Licensing service. By default, the Administrator account and members of the Administrators group are the only accounts available to connect using the Terminal Services client for remotely managing Terminal Services.


As part of this licensing model, there is a Microsoft Certificate Authority and License Clearinghouse server at, to which you can gain access over the Internet or World Wide Web. You can also fax or telephone to activate a License server and install license packs that have been purchased through normal sales channels. License server activation is a one-time event, and the license packs are then installed on the License server. Windows 2000-based servers use these licenses to track and allow or disallow client access to Windows 2000-based servers with Terminal Services enabled.

For more information on License Clearinghouse Server contact them at: 1-888-571-2048. For additional information about activating a License server, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
237811 How to Activate a Terminal Services License Server and Install CALs Over the Internet


Article ID: 237801 - Last Review: October 21, 2013 - Revision: 2.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
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