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Prevent license upgrade

This policy setting allows you to specify which version of Remote Desktop Services client access license (RDS CAL) a Remote Desktop Services license server will issue to clients connecting to RD Session Host servers running other Windows-based operating systems. A license server attempts to provide the most appropriate RDS or TS CAL for a connection. For example a Windows Server 2008 license server will try to issue a Windows Server 2008 TS CAL for clients connecting to a terminal server running Windows Server 2008 and will try to issue a Windows Server 2003 TS CAL for clients connecting to a terminal server running Windows Server 2003. By default if the most appropriate RDS CAL is not available for a connection a Windows Server 2008 license server will issue a Windows Server 2008 TS CAL if available to the following:* A client connecting to a Windows Server 2003 terminal server* A client connecting to a Windows 2000 terminal serverIf you enable this policy setting the license server will only issue a temporary RDS CAL to the client if an appropriate RDS CAL for the RD Session Host server is not available. If the client has already been issued a temporary RDS CAL and the temporary RDS CAL has expired the client will not be able to connect to the RD Session Host server unless the RD Licensing grace period for the RD Session Host server has not expired. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting the license server will exhibit the default behavior noted earlier.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows NT -> Terminal Services # fPreventLicenseUpgrade

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> RD Licensing

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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