90 Day Trial



I have SBS 2000 and was thinking of setting up about 7 terminals with Win CE
for students to use to surf the internet. When I installed terminal services
on the server, it stated I had a 90 day period to try terminal service. I
would like to see if this will work for us before I purchase a 2003 TS
package. I have not registered the SBS2000 TS yet as I didn't know if I had
to for the trial.

When I start the terminals, they only will log in as administrator and tell
me the local policy does not allow others to log in to the server. Am I just
missing a policy change or is the a result of terminal server?

Also, I need someone to point me in a direction to use the Terminal Server
as an Office application server. Do you simply install Office on the server
or is there a special TS license for Office I need to buy.

Vera Noest [MVP]

The 90 days trail (or "grace") period has to do with licenses.
After 90 days, you must have a Terminal Services Licensing Server
installed and activated, and install TS CALs on it for all of your
thin clients.

The error message that you receive has nothing to do with
licensing. You must give users the right to "Log On Locally" to
your Terminal Server. Since you run TS on your Domain Controller,
you must give them this right on your DC, which is a security
risk. That is the main reason that running TS is not recommended
on a DC, and the possibility to run TS on SBS2003 has been

Before you continue with this setup, I would take a moment to
think about what you are about to let your students do: surfing
the internet while in effect using your Domain Controller as a
workstation. You will have to lock down the DC very heavily to
prevent them from installing (even without knowing it) all kinds
of malware, spyware and other software on your DC. Be prepared for

That said: once you have Terminal Services installed, you must
install all applications that you want to have multi-user capacity
in a special way, while the server is in "install" mode. This is
explained here:

248340 - Installing and Using Programs in Windows 2000 Terminal

How you install Office depends on the version of Office. Office
2000 is not natively TS-aware, so you have to use a special
transform file to install it on a Terminal Server. Higher version
of Office don't need this file (at least if you only want to do a
standard installation). Detailed information here:

224313 - How to Install Office 2000 on Windows 2000 Terminal

290375 - How to Install Office XP on Windows 2000 Terminal Server

About licensing Office:
You need as many Office licenses as you have clients running
Office. It doesn't matter if the client runs Office locally or
inside a TS session. Details here:

Licensing Microsoft Office in a Windows Terminal Server

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