Changes to the Terminal Services Installation in Windows Server 2003

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This article describes changes to the Terminal Services installation in Microsoft Windows Server 2003.


When you install Windows Server 2003, you are not prompted to install Terminal Services; you can only enable or disable connections to the computer. By default, Terminal Services is installed when you install Windows Server 2003. When you install Windows Server 2003, the following options are displayed during component installation:
  • Terminal Services Licensing
    This option is consistent with the Windows 2000 installation.
  • Application Server
    This option is referred to as Application Mode in Windows 2000 Terminal Services.
This behavior is by design.

A new Remote tab has been added to the My Computer properties. The Remote tab includes the options for enabling and disabling Terminal Services to the computer by allowing or not allowing Remote Desktop connections to the computer.

During an unattended installation, the entries that you make in answer files have been changed. For example:
  • [Components]
    This configuration determines whether Application Server is installed. The default is Off.
  • [TerminalServices]
    This configuration determines whether Terminal Services connections are allowed. The default setting is 0 for Windows Server 2003, and 1 for Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional.
    This function configures how Terminal Services manages its Client Access Licenses (CALs).
    Syntax LicensingMode = PerDevice | PerSession Values
    • PerDevice
      Configures Terminal Server to require that each connected client computer has a valid Terminal Server Client Access License (CAL). If the client computer has a Terminal Server CAL, it can access more than one Terminal Server.
    • PerSession
      Configures Terminal Server to provide one Terminal Server CAL for each active client session. Default Value PerDevice
    LicensingMode = PerSession
    For more related information, see "Terminal Services Licensing" in the Windows 2003 Server Help.

    Important Setup ignores LicensingMode unless you enable Terminal Server. For more information, see TerminalServer in the [Components] section.
  • PermissionsSetting=1|0
    This configuration determines the Permissions mode. If you configure the setting to be 1, Terminal Services 4.0 is installed in Compatible Permissions mode. If you configure the setting to be 0, Terminal Services 4.0 is installed in Windows 2000 Compatible mode. This setting is applicable only if you select the Application Server option. The default setting is 0.


Article ID: 278513 - Last Review: October 30, 2006 - Revision: 6.2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
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