I recently configured Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services for a client. The 90 day trial CAL period is about to expire, and my client has decided that he's too cheap to purchase CALs. He wants to use the 2 administrative RDP logons for remote access.

Can I just uninstall Terminal Server to revert the RDP functionality back to that of the 2 administrative RDP logons, or is there something else that needs to be done?

What's the best way to uninstall Terminal Services? Through Add/Remove Programs -> Windows Components -> uncheck Terminal Server or through the "Configure Your Server Wizard" by removing the Terminal Server role?


Uninstalling through Add/Remove Programs is the officially recommended way of uninstalling Terminal Services. Once it's removed, you'll only have the regular administrator RDP functionality.

Using the "Configure Your Server Wizard" is just that - the wizardified way of doing what is already pretty point-and-click through Add/Remove Programs.

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    Thanks for the quick response and the link! I went ahead and removed Terminal Services, and all is well. The only thing I'd like to add is that RDP has to be re-enabled after removing Terminal Services. This can be done by right-clicking My Computer -> Properties -> Remote -> Check "Enable Remote Desktop on this computer". – Newbie Aspiring Programmer Apr 8 '12 at 7:01

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