Free Server 2003 TS CAL License Program for Windows XP ends December 31, 2005

Note: Since this article was originially published, Microsoft has extended the transition deadline to June 30, 2007. Read this blog entry for more details.

Note: Since this article was originially published, Microsoft has extended the transition deadline to June 30, 2007. Read this blog entry for more details.

If you owned (or were licensed for) Windows XP Professional before April 24, 2003, you are eligible to receive a free Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server Client Access License (TS CAL). However, I just learned that this program will expire on December 31, 2005, so make sure you get your free license soon.

Huh?

As you might remember, in the days of Windows 2000 you did NOT have to buy a TS CAL if you were using a Windows 2000 client to run Terminal Server or Citrix sessions off of a Windows 2000 Terminal Server. The general idea was that since you paid for Windows 2000 already on the client, there was no reason to “charge” you again for using Windows 2000 via Terminal Server.

This was fine for the years of 2000 and the first part of 2001. However, in late 2001, Microsoft released Windows XP. Users were also allowed to use Windows XP Professional to connect to Windows 2000 Terminal Servers without having to buy a Windows 2000 TS CAL (since the Windows XP license is backwards-compatible as a Windows 2000 license).

A few years later Microsoft released Windows Server 2003. Unfortunately, they decided that they would no longer offer free TS CAL licenses, so owners of Windows XP would have to purchase Windows Server 2003 TS CALs. Of course news of this would seriously upset everyone who had bought Windows XP Professional prior to the announcement of this rule and the release of Windows Server 2003 (since they assumed they'd be able to use Windows XP Professional to connect to Terminal Server sessions on the equivalent server version of the project). To mitigate this issue, people who bought (or were licensed for) Windows XP Professional prior to the release of Windows Server 2003 (on April 24, 2003), are able to contact Microsoft to receive a free Windows Server 2003 TS CAL for each copy of Windows XP Professional that they owned.

You can get your free Windows Server 2003 TS CAL (device or user license, your choice), from Microsoft’s Terminal Server 2003 Licensing Transition website. This capability has been around for several years.

Unfortunately, Microsoft will end the transition process on December 31, 2005. If you don’t request your free license by then, it will be too late.

Therefore, I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to double-check that you have all of the licenses you’re entitled to.

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Or does it mean that because we bought a PC which has an XP COA sticker on it and we can prove we bought it, that we can provide that XP COA serial number and receive a TS CAL license in exchange??

In other words, what's the catch????

Thank you, Tom
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No catch - Microsoft is just making good on what they said when XP first came out - you will get to leverage the "builtin TS CAL pool" on W2K3. However, they pulled that functionality later before the release of W2K3 and made a lot of people mad. When you claim it, you don't give anything up. You simply get a TSCAL to install on your license server.
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Thank you, Michael!! :) Tom
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We are a Microsoft EA (Enterprise Agreement) customer with 6000 qualifying XP Desktops that were in force prior to the April cutoff date....If you activate and fulfill before December 31, 2005 you will get an equal number of Per Device or Per user CALS (in our case we received 6000 CALS)....I have the official Volume License paper which goes through these scenarios if anyone is interested....
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something free from MS? wow. Thanks Brian for the info. Just got 175 extra TSCALs for $0 and 10 minutes work, fantastic.
 
I was trying to find out how to get my CALs (because we are open licensing and the site mentioned above only provides for OEM/RETAIL) so I rang Microsoft. I was on hold for 10 minutes before I got through to Terminal Server licensing, then told him what I wanted to do then he put me through to Open Licensing. Open Licensing then had no idea what I was talking about so put me on hold for 15 minutes more. While I was waiting I followed the link to the word file and started reading through it. I just got to the bit where it said how to do it for Open Licensing when the lady from Open Licensing came off hold and said she had to put me back to Terminal Server Licensing. By the time she had explained what she wanted to do, I had put in the numbers and all was activated.
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Can you give me... like 15 licenses ? 
It would be great !!
 
Thanks
 
sirwalter24@hotmail.com
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Are you still giving out licenses?
 
Thanks
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I'd love 100 if you're in the giving mood. :)
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Please Please Please. I only need about 3 or 2 if anyone is kind enough to help me. Unfortunatley I was about a month out with my XP Pro so I don't qualify. If you are in a generous mood and what to be charitable then please email me at:
 
brainbox_100@yahoo.com
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do you have some TS licence left? if yes Can I have them?

Cheers

Aladin186@hotmail.co.uk
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ORIGINAL: Machster1234

We are a Microsoft EA (Enterprise Agreement) customer with 6000 qualifying XP Desktops that were in force prior to the April cutoff date....If you activate and fulfill before December 31, 2005 you will get an equal number of Per Device or Per user CALS (in our case we received 6000 CALS)....I have the official Volume License paper which goes through these scenarios if anyone is interested....

 
I don't know if you have anymore CALS available but I need 20 for my server if you would be able to send me them i would greatly thank you. I also don't know if this a stupid question or not but I have Windows 2000 server running terminal server and i have Windows 2003 SBS server as the domain controller. Will the XP Pro allow me to access this SBS server using the licesenses from my windows 2000 LS server. I guess Windows 2003 SBS will not allow you to convert to terminal server but if you make the change in the registry to go to the 2000 server to will this work.
 
 
John Fox
Fox Solutions Corporation
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ORIGINAL: Machster1234

We are a Microsoft EA (Enterprise Agreement) customer with 6000 qualifying XP Desktops that were in force prior to the April cutoff date....If you activate and fulfill before December 31, 2005 you will get an equal number of Per Device or Per user CALS (in our case we received 6000 CALS)....I have the official Volume License paper which goes through these scenarios if anyone is interested....

 
  I would be interested, but why are you giving these out for free?
 
 If the licenses are still available please contact me at xbytejp@yahoo.com  
 I would like to have 25 or so but any amount would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Hello,

Somebody knows where TS CAL can be purchased? I've been searching Internet for hours and can't find a seller.

Thank you,
Eugene Olevsky
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ORIGINAL: Guest

Hello,

Somebody knows where TS CAL can be purchased? I've been searching Internet for hours and can't find a seller.

Thank you,
Eugene Olevsky


Microsoft has a whole list of them on their website:

http://www.microsoft.com/products/info/render.aspx?view=22&type=mnp&content=22/licensing

Shawn
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Can you give me 5 TS CAl that would be greate. thanks
Ben
benkasper@yahoo.com
 
ORIGINAL: Machster1234

We are a Microsoft EA (Enterprise Agreement) customer with 6000 qualifying XP Desktops that were in force prior to the April cutoff date....If you activate and fulfill before December 31, 2005 you will get an equal number of Per Device or Per user CALS (in our case we received 6000 CALS)....I have the official Volume License paper which goes through these scenarios if anyone is interested....

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Seems like the deadline for obtaining the free TSCALs has been extended to June 07 now, according to this:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/tscaltransfaq.mspx
 
Thanks,
Sandeep
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it good
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