Installing and Configuring the Terminal Server


Microsoft has provided a Quick Start guide for Terminal Services on its website (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/quickstart.mspx), which outlines the basic steps to installing and configuring the terminal server service. The document does not specifically cover the installation and configuration of a terminal server on an SBS network, so a slightly more detailed how-to guide is included in this chapter.

Installing Terminal Services

After you have reviewed the requirements for terminal server in Application mode and have done the basic operating system load on the server computer, you can proceed to installing application services on the machine. Follow these steps to install Terminal Services on a Windows Server 2003 server:

1.

Join the server to the SBS domain using the Connect Computer Wizard if it has not already been done. See Chapter 16 "Users and Computers," for more information.

2.

Click Start, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs.

3.

Click Add/Remove Windows Components.

4.

Click on the check box next to Terminal Server to turn it on.

5.

Click Next. You get a warning about installing Terminal Services on the server and that already installed applications may fail to work after terminal server is installed. Click Next.

6.

Make sure that the Full Security radio button is enabled and click Next.

7.

Select the I Will Specify a License Server within 120 Days radio button and click Next.

8.

Select Per User licensing mode and click Next.

9.

Click Finish to close the wizard.

You need to restart the server before you can begin using the server as a terminal server. Click Yes in the restart prompt at the end of the wizard to restart the server immediately, or can click No and manually restart the server later.

Configuring Terminal Services Licensing Service

Before your terminal server becomes fully usable in its new role, you need to set up and configure the Terminal Services Licensing service. In the SBS environment, the Terminal Services Licensing service is usually installed on the SBS server. Follow these steps to install the licensing service on the SBS sever:

1.

Click Start, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs.

2.

Click Add/Remove Windows Components.

3.

Click on the Terminal Server Licensing check box to turn it on. Click Next.

4.

Accept the default settings for making the license server available to the entire enterprise and the location for the license server database and click Next. Insert the CD and click OK if prompted.

5.

Click Finish to close the wizard.

6.

Click Start, Administrative Tools, Terminal Server Licensing.

7.

Right-click on the SBS server listed in the right pane and select Activate Server.

8.

Click Next in the first page of the Terminal Server License Server Activation Wizard.

9.

Select the method to use to activate the TS CALs when they are installed (Automatic Connection is the default and recommended setting) and click Next.

10.

Enter your company contact information and click Next.

11.

Enter the optional company contact information if desired and click Next.

12.

If you have TS CAL codes to enter, enable the Start Terminal Server Client Licensing Wizard check box and click Next; then follow the instructions in the Client Licensing Wizard to install your licenses. If you do not yet have TS CALs to enter, turn off this check box and click Finish.

Now you need to confirm that the terminal server can communicate with the licensing server. From the terminal server console, open the Terminal Server Licensing console from the Administrative Tools folder. If the terminal server can communicate with the licensing server, you will see the licensing server listed with a green check box in the server icon.

Best Practice: Running Terminal Server Licensing on the SBS Server

When you read the Terminal Server Quick Start guide from Microsoft, you will find that the Terminal Server Licensing service can be installed on the same server running Terminal Services in small environments. Even though SBS environments would fall under this recommendation, you should still install Terminal Server Licensing on the SBS box instead. Here are a few of the reasons:

  • BackupBy default, the SBS backup process backs up the TS Licensing database as part of the nightly backup process. You do not need to run a separate backup job to ensure that the license database is protected.

  • Disaster recoveryIf something happens to the terminal server computer, the licensing database is still intact, and you can rebuild the terminal server and not have to worry about reregistering your TS CALs.

  • Backward compatibilityWindows Server 2003 servers can host Terminal Server Licensing for terminal servers running Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server. If you ever had a mix of 2000 and 2003 servers acting as terminal servers, only the 2003 servers would be able to host the licensing database for all the terminal server licenses.







Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 Unleashed
Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 Unleashed
ISBN: 0672328054
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 253
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