Activate a Terminal Services License Server Automatically

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

The automatic activation method requires Internet connectivity from the computer running the TS Licensing Manager tool. Internet connectivity is not required from the license server itself. This method uses TCP/IP (TCP port 443) to connect directly to the Microsoft Clearinghouse.

Membership in the Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

To activate a Terminal Services license server automatically

  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Terminal Services, and then click TS Licensing Manager.

  2. Right-click the license server that you want to activate, and then click Activate Server. The Activate Server Wizard starts.

  3. Click Next.

  4. On the Connection Method page, in the Connection method list, select Automatic connection (recommended), and then click Next.

  5. On the Company Information page, type your name, company, and country/region information, and then click Next.

  6. Specify any other information that you want to provide, such as e-mail and company address. This information is optional.

  7. Click Next. Your license server is activated.

  8. On the Completing the Activate Server Wizard page, do one of the following:

    • To install Terminal Services client access licenses (TS CALs) onto your license server, ensure that the Start Install Licenses Wizard now check box is selected, click Next, and then follow the instructions.

    • To install TS CALs later, clear the Start Install Licenses Wizard now check box, and then click Finish.

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