Event ID 20261 — RAS Connection

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

A server running Routing and Remote Access provides two different types of remote access connectivity: virtual private networking (VPN) and dial-up networking. VPN is the creation of secured, point-to-point connections across a private network or a public network, such as the Internet. A VPN client uses special TCP/IP-based protocols called tunneling protocols to make a virtual call to a virtual port on a VPN server. In dial-up networking, a remote access client makes a nonpermanent, dial-up connection to a physical port on a remote access server by using the service of a telecommunications provider, such as analog phone or ISDN. In contrast to dial-up networking, VPN is always a logical, indirect connection between the VPN client and the VPN server over a public network, such as the Internet.

Event Details

Product: Windows Operating System
ID: 20261
Source: RemoteAccess
Version: 6.0
Message: A user was unable to connect on port: %1. No more connections can be made to this remote computer because the computer has exceeded its client license limit.


Add more client licenses

A client access license (CAL) is required for each client device or user that accesses a Windows Server operating system. For information about managing and tracking licenses, including Microsoft Volume License Services, see Manage Your Volume Licenses (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=96141) and Microsoft Volume License Services (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=92143).


To verify that the remote access server can accept connections, establish a remote access connection from a client computer.

To create a VPN connection:

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Network and Internet, click Network and Sharing Center, and then click Set up a connection or network.
  3. Click Connect to a workplace, and then click Next.
  4. Complete the steps in the Connect to a Workplace wizard.

To connect to a remote access server:

  1. In Network and Sharing Center, click Manage network connections.
  2. Double-click the VPN connection, and then click Connect.
  3. Verify that the connection was established successfully.

RAS Connection

Routing and Remote Access Service Infrastructure