How to change from Per Server licensing to Per Seat licensing

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This article was previously published under Q308597
This article explains how to convert licensing from per server to per seat by using the Licensing Control Panel program.

Note: Conversion works from per server to per seat, but not in the reverse direction.

To Convert from Per-Server Licensing to Per-Seat Licensing

  1. In Control Panel, double-click Licensing.
  2. In the Choose Licensing Mode dialog box, click Per Device or click Per User in Windows Server 2003. Click Per Seat or Per Server in Windows 2000 Server.
  3. You may receive the following error message:
    Liscence Violation
    You have requested a change that may violate the license agreement. The License for a one-time change from a Per Server to a Per Device or Per User configuration. Do you want to cancel this request?
    You can click Yes to cancel, or click No to continue.
  4. Click No to continue.
  5. In the window that opens, the following information is displayed in Windows Server 2003:
       Per Device or Per User Licensing     Client Licensing          If you have not purchased a client access license for every computer that will access windows server, you must purchase them            prior to using Windows Server.          For complete terms and conditions governing the use of this product, see license agreements, which can be found under help.                    I agree that:          I have read and agreed to  be bound by the license agreements          for this product.						
    If you agree, click to select the I agree check box, and then click OK. In Windows 2000 Server, the information will say "Per Server or Per Seat" instead of "Per Device or Per User."
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
130632 How to determine current licensing mode (Per Seat or Per Server)
175276 Licensing policy implementation with MSCS
273475 Licensing in Windows 2000 and differences with Windows NT 4.0
130631 Client license assignment in Per Server mode
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Article ID: 308597 - Last Review: 03/02/2007 00:28:49 - Revision: 6.3

Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Server

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