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Step 2: Activating the Remote Desktop License Server

Updated: February 16, 2011

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1

In this step, you will activate the Remote Desktop license server. A license server must be activated to certify the license server and allow the license server to issue Remote Desktop Services client access licenses (RDS CALs), or VDI Suite licenses. You can activate a license server by using the Activate Server Wizard in the Remote Desktop Licensing Manager tool.

  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 RDL-SRV, and then click Activate Server. The Activate Server Wizard starts.

  3. In the Activate Server Wizard, on the Welcome to the Activate Server Wizard page, click Next.

  4. On the Connection Method page, in the Connection method list, select Automatic connection (recommended), and then click Next.

  5. On the Company Information page, type your name and company, select your country or region, and then click Next.

  6. On the Company Information optional information page, specify any other information that you want to provide, such as e-mail and company address, and then click Next to activate your license server.

  7. On the Completing the Activate Server Wizard page, ensure that the Start Install Licenses Wizard now check box is cleared, and then click Next.

You have activated the Remote Desktop license server. Now you can proceed to Step 3: Installing Remote Desktop Services Client Access Licenses (RDS CALs) on the Remote Desktop License Server.

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