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Deactivate a Terminal Services License Server Automatically

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

The automatic deactivation method requires Internet connectivity from the computer running the TS Licensing Manager tool. Internet connectivity is not required from the Terminal Services 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 deactivate a Terminal Services license server automatically

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

  2. Verify that the connection method for the Terminal Services license server is set to Automatic connection (recommended) by right-clicking the license server that you want to deactivate, and then clicking Properties. On the Connection Method tab, change the connection method if necessary.

  3. Right-click the license server that you want to deactivate, point to Advanced, and then click Deactivate Server. The Deactivate Server Wizard starts.

  4. On the Welcome page, click Next.

  5. On the Information Needed page, provide the requested information, and then click Next.

  6. Your request to deactivate the license server is sent to the Microsoft Clearinghouse for processing, and the license server is deactivated.

  7. On the Completing the Deactivate Server Wizard page, click Finish.

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