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Remote Desktop Services terminate on startup

On a Windows Server 2008 R2, you have Remote Deskop Services (RDS) role installed, and on every server reboot you get the following Application Crash event logged:

Log Name: Application
Source: Application Error
Event ID: 1000
Task Category: (100)
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: <ComputerName>
Faulting application name: svchost.exe_TermService, version: 6.1.7600.16385, time stamp: 0x4a5bc3c1
Faulting module name: mstlsapi.dll, version: 6.1.7601.17514, time stamp: 0x4ce7c829
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x000000000000be74
Faulting process id: 0x4d0
Faulting application start time: 0x01cd3e3d4994fd38
Faulting application path: C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\System32\mstlsapi.dll
Report Id: c6b64bab-aa5e-11e1-aa36-00505685798a

This issue occurs if you have configured the Terminal Services License Servers directly in the Registry.

Value Type: REG_MULTI_SZ
Value SpecifiedLicenseServers

Note: The above registry value is a Mult Line entry, and if the last line is not an additonal emptyLine, but terminated early, the crash may occur.
Add an addional empty Line to the List of SpecifiedLicenseServers, or configure the License Servers with Group Policy
More information
With the REG.EXE Utilty it is not possible to create such malformated entries.
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Article ID: 2728032 - Last Review: 08/06/2012 20:14:00 - Revision: 1.0

Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard without Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise without Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter without Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

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