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Activate a Remote Desktop License Server by Using a Web Browser

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

The Web activation method can be used when the computer running the Remote Desktop Licensing Manager tool does not have Internet connectivity, but you have access to the Web by means of a Web browser from another computer. The URL for the Web method is displayed in the Activate Server Wizard.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the RD Licensing server that you plan to configure, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477.

To activate a Remote Desktop license server by using a Web browser
  1. On the license server, open Remote Desktop Licensing Manager. To open Remote Desktop Licensing Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktop Licensing Manager.

  2. Right-click the license server that you want to activate, and then click Activate Server. The Activate Server Wizard starts.

  3. Click Next.

  4. On the Connection Method page, in the Connection method list, select Web Browser, and then click Next.

  5. On the License Server Activation page, click the hyperlink to connect to the Remote Desktop Services Licensing Web site.

    If you are running Remote Desktop Licensing Manager on a computer that does not have Internet connectivity, note the address for the Remote Desktop Services Licensing Web site, and then connect to the Web site from a computer that has Internet connectivity.

  6. Under Select Option, click Activate a license server, and then click Next.

  7. In the Product ID boxes, type your Product ID. Your Product ID is displayed on the License Server Activation page of the Activate Server Wizard. You must also complete the name, company, and country/region fields. Specify any other information that you want to provide, such as e-mail and company address, and then click Next.

  8. Confirm your entries, and then click Next. Your license server ID is displayed.

  9. On the License Server Activation page in the Activate Server Wizard, type the license server ID that you received in the previous step, and then click Next. Your license server is activated.

  10. On the Completing the Activate Server Wizard page, do one of the following:

    • To install Remote Desktop Services client access licenses (RDS CALs) onto your license server, ensure that the Start Install Licenses Wizard now check box is selected, click Next, and then follow the instructions.

    • To install RDS CALs later, clear the Start Install Licenses Wizard now check box, and then click Finish.

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