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servers no longer accept RDP connections

By haochela ·
I'm going to apologize in advance for breaking a few unwritten rules and lead with the problem and my shameless conclusions but leave out some of the troubleshooting (as it was grievously long and non-productive and I'm not sure where to start). The problem is that I can't connect from off site using RDP to certain servers in a workgroup that I (sort of) administer.

What I have time to tell you is this: I have a windows workgroup with three servers. Two of the servers are running Windows Server 2003 and the third is running Windows Server 2000. Of these servers, only one (one of the two Server 2003 boxes) still accepts external connections through RDP. From what I can tell (this is where I lead with my conclusions), the problems began when I acquired a new laptop which has a different workstation name than the old one.

All three servers are set up with a standard small biz configuration, meaning the usual 5 CALs that come M$ Server for these boxes.

<begin shameless conclusion> If I go with the assumption that I'm out of licensed Terminal Server connections on two of the three boxes</end shameless conclusion>;

<begin possibly off-base question based on shameless conclusion> is there a way (preferably legal) to flush the miscreant CALs which seem to remember workstations that are not in use? </end possibly off-base question based on shameless conclusion>

Does anyone see a flaw in my logic? Is this doable?

Thanks in advance for looking at this...I tried to search the forums for this problem but didn't see anything.

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