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How to move Terminal Services CALs from one license server to another in Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008
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This article describes how to move Terminal Services Client Access Licenses (CALs) from one Terminal Services license server to another in Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.
To move Terminal Services CALs from one Terminal Services license server to another, follow the procedures in the following sections.
The documents that you must have availableBefore you start to perform the procedures that are described in the following sections, you must have the paper agreement that you received when you purchased the CALs. The agreement number or the enrollment number from the agreement will be required to receive the new CAL Pack ID that is described in the "How to move the CALs" section.
How to move the CALsTo move the CALs, follow these steps.
Note After you move the CALs, you must deactivate the old license server. (See step 10.)
Backup and license informationYou should regularly back up the Terminal Services license server by using Windows Backup or a similar tool. Regular backups help protect your licensing data from accidental loss if the system experiences hardware or storage failure. When you back up a Terminal Services license server, back up both the system state data and the folder in which the Terminal Services license server is installed. By doing this, you make sure that data in both the registry and the Terminal Services license server database is backed up.
If you restore the system state data and the database to the original Terminal Services license server, any unissued licenses are restored correctly, assuming you have not replaced the operating system on the computer. If you have replaced the operating system, any unissued licenses are not restored, and an event that provides the unissued license count is logged in the System log. You can still restore the unissued licenses by using the telephone activation option in the Terminal Services License Manager tool. To switch to the telephone activation option, right-click the server in Terminal Services License Manager, and then click Properties.
For more information about Terminal Services, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Article ID: 953918 - Last Review: February 28, 2012 - Revision: 4.0