Terminal Services and Licensing: No Terminal Server License Servers

Posted by Paul Farrow - Under: Software

Had to add some new terminal server licenses today for a client of mine and had a whale of  a time.  Installed the licenses which seemed to work no problem, then when I tried to connect to the remote machine kept getting the error that it couldnt connect due to “No Terminal Server License Servers”.

Then tried to ring Microsoft to see what they would say about it, firstly normal thing, ring a number that my license reseller gave me and go through to India or somewhere similar, and they were license activation rather than license help, the guy couldnt even understand me saying “can you give me a techinial support number”.  Then when he did understand me the other number was also somewhere else in India who said yes they could help me but I would have to purchase some technical support, now I know you dont get nothing for nothing but I have just purchased licenses surely I should be eligable for some help installing them oh no !!  So basically decided to try to fix the problem myself with the aid of google. 

Any way back to the problem, it would seem that the terminal services manager on the box couldnt resolve where the terminal services license server was in the domain so I had to tell it specifically by adding a registry key to that effect.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services

\TermService\Parameters\LicenseServers\

in my instance I put the ip address of the license server rather than the netbios name and rebooted and worked a treet.