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Checklist: Plan your Terminal Server deployment

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

Checklist: Plan your Terminal Server deployment


Step Reference

Read the "Guidelines for Deploying Terminal Server" white paper and the Terminal Services overview.

Guidelines for Deploying Terminal Server (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=34627)

Terminal Services overview

Review information about hosting applications with Terminal Server.

Using Terminal Server to host applications centrally

Hosting Applications with Terminal Server (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=4746)

Plan your hardware configuration.

System Planning

Follow pre-installation recommendations.

Before Installing Terminal Server

Determine whether you need to change the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration setting for Internet Explorer.


  • This applies to servers running one of the Windows Server 2003 operating systems where the installation of Terminal Server was performed using the Configure Your Server Wizard. If you install Terminal Server using Add or Remove Programs, you can change this setting during the installation process.

Terminal server role: Configuring a terminal server; Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration

Understand how to use Terminal Services administrative tools.

Terminal Services administrative tools

Read the "Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server Licensing" white paper and the Terminal Server Licensing overview.


  • You must configure Terminal Server Licensing correctly in order for your terminal server to continue to accept connections from clients. To allow ample time for you to deploy a license server, Terminal Server provides a licensing grace period, during which no license server is required. During this grace period, a terminal server can accept connections from unlicensed clients without contacting a license server. The grace period begins the first time the terminal server accepts a client connection. It ends after you deploy a license server and that license server issues its first permanent client access license (CAL), or after 120 days, whichever comes first.

Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server Licensing (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=26220); Terminal Server Licensing overview

Review program considerations.

Program Considerations

Checklist: Configure Terminal Server

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