This article is designed to help those who want to migrate their Windows Server 2003 TS License Server from one machine to another. We recommend that you read through the instructions once before beginning the migration.
License Server migration is an added feature in Windows Server 2008 R2. In Windows Server 2008 R2, when you right-click on the server name you will see the ‘Manage RDS CALs’ option. After selecting this, you will see the ‘Manage RDS CALs Wizard’ to guide you through the migration process. But to migrate Windows Server 2008 license server, you need to follow the same steps as mentioned in the post.
The migration of your license server requires three stages. First, you must activate the new license server. Next, you need to deactivate the old server. Lastly, you need to move all the licenses from the old server to the new server. To do this, you will need to contact Microsoft Clearinghouse over the telephone. You should to be prepared with the paperwork for the original TS licenses, as this data needs to be provided to clearinghouse personnel. If the original paperwork is lost, then you need to contact your Microsoft TAM (Technical Account Manager) to obtain copies.
To migrate your license server:
This means if I have TS CALs 2003, I needn't buy new TS CALs for Windows Server 2008?
I m inpressed.
GREAT JOB DONE> :-)
Win 2008 TSs need Win2008 TS CALs. If you only have Win2003 TSs, you only need Win2003 TS CALs.
If you have TS CALs for Windows Server 2003, you need to buy new CALs for Windows Server 2008.
This post just describes the steps you need to follow if you want to migrate the 2003 License server from one machine to another.
nice blog Silvia. Quite informative
Can we migrate 11 cals from one Terminal Licensing server (source) to another Terminal Licensing server(target) if we had imported a pack of 30 cals on the Source Terminal Licensing server earlier?
The migration behaviour depends upon the OS Version of License Server(LS). If you have win2k3 or Win2k8 LS then it is not possible.
If I understand your question correctly, you are asking for the following:
- You have installed 30 CALs (From one License Key Pack) on source LS.
- Now, you want to migrate 11 CALs out of those 30 CALs on to a target LS.
Partial Migration is not allowed using the “Manage RDS CALs Wizard”.
In Windows Server 2008 R2 you can do a partial migration manually (using WMI interface) if the following conditions are true:
- Both source LS and target LS are of Windows Server 2008 R2 version.
- Volume agreement (non-retail) is used for installation and migration.
Can you migrate to a 2008 Server for the licensing of your Server 2003 Terminal servers?
Yes, you can follow the same steps mentioned in the Blog.
These are essentially a couple of questions about risk:
I'm concerned about users getting a TS Licensing error during the migration process. Is this a valid concern? I.E During the period of time when neither server is licensed, what will happen to users who connect?
Under license server discovery, we have the old server name specified. I see that if the prefered server is not located, the server will attempt automatic discovery. Will this find the new server? I plan to run the .reg file on all servers to remove the old and add the new but concerned about the time it takes to push that .reg out to all servers.
(1) If the user does not have a CAL & it connects during the period of migration, connection will be denied.
(2) If auto discovery is enabled (by default), it should find the new server, else not.
I have a windows 2000 DC and is an AD.
I have install Terminal Licensing Server on my AD.
I had added with 10 Terminal Server Cal 2003 (open license purchase) onto my Windows 2000 AD.
We had migrated the old W2k AD to W2k8 AD.
I already install the TS License server in W2k8.
After running the setup wizard, and activated the TS, the screen prompt me to enter Licese code? what is that?
I need to ask how to transfer my TS CAL from w2k to w2k8 TS License server?
You need to call the Clearinghouse and follow the steps mentioned in the blog.
If I have 2003 TS and I migrate to 2008 TS, will I need to install a Windows 2008 LS and buy all new TS 2008 licenses?
To access Win2k8 TS, you need to have Win2k8 TS CAL . As you cannot install Win2k8 CAL on Win2k3 LS so you need to have a Win2k8 or Win2k8 R2 LS for the same.