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By vigo98 ·
Hi there.
The screnarion I have looks like this:
1 Win2k server (Active Directory Domain controller), also acting as a file server.
5 WinNT workstations and 3 Win2K workstations all members of this domain.
Problem:
Several times a day a messagewill pop up on workstations saing that there are no free network connections to the server left.
We reboot the server and the problem goes away for several hours, then comes back again.

We have oficial licenses for all PC's, and I have checked the Licensing in administrative tools. The server is set in Per Server mode with 20 licenses.
Any idea what can be done to prevent the licenses being locked by PC's and not released for others?
Thanks a lot,
Victor

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by timwalsh In reply to Win2K Licensing problems

2 easy solutions:

1. The License Manager and the License Logging Service are tools offered by Microsoft to help keep track of license usage. There is no requirement however that you use this service. You can simply go into the Services mmc andturn off and then disable the License Logging Service. This will prevent the pop-up boxes. This has absolutely no effect on the proper operation of any other portion of the OS.

2. You can change the licensing mode to Per-seat. The downside tothis option is that this is a one-time change. You can't change back at a later time. This is only an issue should you ever be audited by Microsoft (or other Watchdog agencies). This choice will be the basis for determining whether you have the proper number of licenses.

In your current situation, you appear to have more than double the number of licenses you actually need in either licensing mode, so the choice is really moot.

BTW, the root cause of your problem is that various services from your workstations are also logging on to the server (and thus using licenses). There are registry hacks available to solve this problem. But it is usually easier to try one the options above rather than hacking the registry.

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by curlergirl In reply to Win2K Licensing problems

I don't think this is actually a licensing problem at all - the server is refusing connections, not saying that it is out of licenses - this is a different thing. There were several types of problems in Windows 2000 that could cause this to happen. Most of them (as far as I know) were fixed in SP2. If you haven't yet installed Win2K SP2, then you should do this first and see if it fixes the problem. Also, make sure that you check all shared resources on the server to see if there has been any kind of limit set on the number of concurrent connections (this is on the Sharing tab of the properties of your shared folders). If you find a shared folder with a limit set on it, then this is probably the source of the error message - simply select the "Maximum allowed" setting, and this should fix the problem. Hope this helps!

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