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Installing Terminal Services Client Access Licenses Automatically

Updated: January 10, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

The automatic installation method requires Internet connectivity from the computer running TS Licensing Manager to complete the Terminal Services client access license (TS CAL) installation process. Internet connectivity is not required from the license server itself. This method uses TCP/IP (TCP Port 443) to connect directly to the Microsoft Clearinghouse.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the license server, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Terminal Services, and then click TS Licensing Manager.

  2. Verify that the connection method for the Terminal Services license server is set to Automatic connection (recommended) by right-clicking the license server on which you want to install TS CALs, and then clicking Properties. On the Connection Method tab, change the connection method if necessary, and then click OK.

  3. In the console tree, right-click the Terminal Services license server on which you want to install the TS CALs, click Install Licenses to open the Install Licenses Wizard, and then click Next.

  4. On the License Program page, select the appropriate program through which you purchased your TS CALs, and then click Next.

  5. The License Program that you selected on the previous page in the wizard will determine what information you will need to provide on this page. In most cases, you will have to provide either a license code or an agreement number. Consult the documentation provided when you purchased your TS CALs.

  6. After you have entered the required information, click Next.

  7. On the Product Version and License Type page, select the appropriate product version, license type, and quantity of TS CALs for your environment based on your TS CAL purchase agreement, and then click Next.

  8. The Microsoft Clearinghouse is automatically contacted and processes your request. The TS CALs are then automatically installed onto the license server.

  9. On the Completing the Install Licenses Wizard page, click Finish. The Terminal Services license server can now issue TS CALs to clients that connect to a terminal server.

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