Setup Remote Desktop Licensing Role on Windows Server 2016
Once Remote Desktop Services Role is installed on Windows 2016, it has a grace period of 120 days. During this period, the server does not require a valid RD Licensing server and the number of connections is unlimited. The Remote Desktop Licensing Role needs to be configured on the server in order to issue licenses to users after the trial period is expired.
This post provides instructions on how to install and configure RD Licensing Role on Microsoft Windows Server 2016.
The testing environment has pre-installed RemoteApp service. Therefore, some close-to-end screenshots can be a bit different from what you will see on your screen.
1. Open Server Manager.Click Manage -> Add Roles or Features
2. Click Next
3. Select “Role-based or feature-based installation” and click Next
4. Select the server from the pool and click Next
5. Select “Remote Desktop Services” and “Remote Desktop Licensing” roles. Click Next.
6. Click “Add Features”
7. Click Next
8. Click Next
9. Click Install
10. Click Close.
11. Go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools > Remote Desktop Services and run “Remote Desktop Licensing Manager”
12. Right click on the server name and select “Activate Server”
13. Click Next
14. Select “Automatic connection (recommended)” and click Next
15. Populate the Company information fields and click Next.
16. Populate the optional Company Information fields and click Next
17. Enable “Start Install Licenses Wizard now” checkbox and click Next.
18. Click Next
19. Select “Services Provider License Agreement” in the “License Program” field. Click Next.
20. Enter Agreement number and click Next
21. Select “Windows Server 2016” as Product version. Select “RDS Per user CAL” as License type. Enter number of licenses to be provided by this server to Quantity field. The Licenses can be added later in RD Licensing Manager if needed.
22. Click Finish
23. Open RD Licensing Manager
24. Select “All Servers” in the tree and click “Review” in Configuration column
25. The server should be added to the Terminal Server License Servers group to issue RDS Licenses. Click “Add to Group” Button.
26. Click “Continue”
27. Click OK
28. The server is in the Terminal Server License Servers group and can issue licenses now. Click OK.
29. Check that the value in Configuration column for the server is changed to OK.
Right click on the server and select Properties
30. Go to “Member Of” tab. “Terminal Server License Servers” group should be in the list. Click OK.
31. The server is working in a Remote Desktop Licensing role now. Remote Desktop Services still have to be configured to use the server for licensing.
Open Server Manager -> Remote Desktop Services -> Overview window. Click on the green icon “RD Licensing”
32. Select the server from the Server Pool list. Click Next.
33. Click Next
34. Click Close.
35. Check that “RD Licensing” icon is grey now and RD Licensing server exists in “Deployment Servers” list.
36. Go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools > Remote Desktop Services and run “Remote Desktop Licensing Diagnoser”
37. Check warnings in the “RD Licensing Diagnoser Information” section. Remote Desktop Session Host needs to be configured for the Licensing server.
38. Go to Server Manager -> Remote Desktop Services -> Collections. Click “TASKS” button and select “Edit Deployment Properties”
39. Open “RD Licensing” tab. Select “Per User” in Remote Desktop licensing mode.
Select the license server and click Add.
40. Open the RD Licensing Diagnoser window and check status messages. There should not be any warnings. The number of licenses available for clients should be correct.
I hope this information will help you!