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Change the site license server for a site

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To change the site license server for a site

  1. Open Active Directory Sites and Services.

  2. In the console tree, click the site you want to configure.


    • Active Directory Sites and Services/Sites/Site

  3. In the details pane, click Licensing Site Settings.

  4. On the Action menu, click Properties.

  5. Under Licensing Computer, to select a different server to be the site license server, click Change.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open Active Directory Sites and Services, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Active Directory Sites and Services.

  • To retain the licensing history for your enterprise, stop the License Logging service on the new site license server, and then copy the following files from the old site license server to the same location on the new site license server:

    • Systemroot\System32\Cpl.cfg, which contains the purchase history for your organization.

    • Systemroot\Lls\Llsuser.lls, which contains user information about the number of connections.

    • Systemroot\Lls\Llsmap.lls, which contains license group information.

    Restart the License Logging service after you copy these files. This transfer must be completed immediately after you change to the new site license server, or you might lose licensing data replicated from other servers.

  • For optimal performance, install the site license server in the site whose licenses you want to manage. The default site license server is the first domain controller created in the site, but the site license server does not have to be a domain controller.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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