Terminal Server set up temporary licenses

October 9, 2011 at 20:26:26
Specs: Windows Server 2003
I have a windows server 2003 machine running. I have created several users (n1,n2...n7) in it. I would like to connect to this machine with these users from a remote computer. I understand from forums that the terminal server allows only two concurrent users per server and if we need to connect more than two, we need to purchase licenses. But, I also read from some posts that (No clear solution though), I still can connect more than two users for a period of 120 days, during which the TS does not require a licensing server.

So, I installed terminal server from add/remove windows component, and chose the 120 day grace period option and per device option.

Now, when I opened the terminal services configuration, I find in the properties that, the radio buttons for unlimited connections/set max connections were ENABLED now.(Previously it was not). I set it to unlimited.

Even now I am NOT able to login more than 2 users simultaneously. Am I missing something?
I just want to login more users for some days after which I wont be using them. Is there any other way around?

Please help me on this!

Thank you

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October 9, 2011 at 20:31:09
spend some time at microsofts site and review licensing requirements. no forum is going to support you getting around licensing. for what you want to do you need to purchase licenses. end of story.

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October 9, 2011 at 20:41:30
Thanks for the reply!

But i did go thro the microsoft's site. I read this line "Terminal Server provides a licensing grace period, during which no license server is required. During this grace period, a terminal server can accept connections from unlicensed clients without contacting a license server" from this link. So does it mean, I can connect multiple clients during this period without purchasing license?

Thank you.

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