Back Up a Terminal Services License Server

Updated: March 10, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

You should back up your Terminal Services license server regularly by using the Windows Server Backup tool or the backup software deployed in your environment. This will help protect your licensing data from accidental loss if your system experiences hardware or storage failure.

When backing up a license server, back up both the System State data and the folder in which the TS Licensing database is installed. This ensures that data in both the registry and the TS Licensing database is backed up.


You can use Review Configuration to find in which folder the TS Licensing database is installed. For more information about Review Configuration, see Review the Configuration of a Terminal Services License Server.

If you restore the System State data and the TS Licensing database to the same license server computer, any un-issued licenses are restored correctly as long as you have not replaced the operating system on the computer. If you do not restore to the same computer, any un-issued licenses that are detected are not restored and an event will appear in the system log of Event Viewer. You can still restore the un-issued licenses by contacting the Microsoft Clearinghouse by phone and requesting that the licenses be reissued.

For more information about backup and recovery of the TS Licensing database, see the Terminal Services page on the Windows Server 2008 TechCenter (

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