Quick Glance: Terminal Server licensing differences between Windows 2000 and 2003

I've written quite a bit on Terminal Server licensing in the past, including a 40-page "Ultimate Guide to Terminal Server 2003 Licensing." However, I think it would be good to have an "at-a-glance" view of the key changes in licensing between Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003.

I've written quite a bit on Terminal Server licensing in the past, including a 40-page "Ultimate Guide to Terminal Server 2003 Licensing." However, I think it would be good to have an "at-a-glance" view of the key changes in licensing between Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003.

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  Windows 2000 Windows 2003
TS CAL License Types per-device per-device or per-user
alternate per-server external user license option "Internet Connector License," $10k, 200 users max, anonymous only "External Connector License," $8k, "normal" users
Is license server required? Yes Yes
License server version required Windows 2000 or 2003 Must be 2003
Grace period before license server is required 90 days 120 days
Temp license lifespan 90 days 90 days
Permanent license lifespan forever (before SP3), 52-89 days (SP3 and later) 52-89 days
License Server installation location Domain controller only Member server or domain controller
Must TS and Lic Serv be in same domain (or trust)? No Yes
Reg hack for hard-coding lic server One license server only As many license servers as you want
License Server security groups No Yes
Must license server be activated to distribute temp licenses? No No
Must license server be activated to distribute permanent licenses? Yes Yes
Free TS CALs for Win 2000 clients? Yes No
Free TS CALs for Win XP clients? Yes Only if Win XP bought before April 25, 2003

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Could have used this 8 months and 78k$ ago, but nonetheless, it's great!
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This is actually documented on MS's website as well. Not as nicely but it is all there.
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Since SP1 of W2K3 registry hacks are no longer required, you can set the preferred license server in the terminal server administration...
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