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Windows 2003 Small Business Server License Errors



3:49 pm on Jun 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Win2k3 SBS downloaded some automatic updates a few days ago. In the office i'm working in, we have a few licenses, and certainly more people were using the server for the past several months, years maybe. We were using it as the domain controller and the exchange/blackberry server.

However, once it downloaded the updates it began locking people out of exchange. We have since moved the domain controller over to a new machine, but people still periodically get locked out of exchange. Any ideas?


5:55 am on Jun 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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My first reaction would be to revert to a state prior to the updates. Next I would carefully read the MSKB articles associated with each of the updates to see if I could determine which specific update was causing this issue.

Are you getting errors when Exchange denies access? A good tool to look up errors is the Events and Errors Message Center [microsoft.com].


4:03 pm on Jun 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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We did revert to before the updates. And the error we were getting was a License error when we had one extra person log in. They would get denied and a license error would pop up on SBS.

We have other problems now though. We were moving the domain controller to a new machine and the old machine recognized a new domain controller, and now reboots every 30 mins.


4:22 pm on Jun 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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the error we were getting was a License error when we had one extra person log in

Do you mean basically that say you have 100 licences and you can't get 101 users connected?

that's the way it works....you buy licenses to cover ALL your users...if you have more users than licenses you get denied as soon as you go over your your limit...

maybe I'm missing something here...


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