The automatic deactivation method requires Internet connectivity from the computer running the Remote Desktop Licensing Manager tool. Internet connectivity is not required from the Remote Desktop license server itself. This method uses TCP/IP (TCP port 443) to connect directly to the Microsoft Clearinghouse.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the RD Licensing server that you plan to configure, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To deactivate a Remote Desktop license server automatically
  1. On the license server, open Remote Desktop Licensing Manager. To open Remote Desktop Licensing Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktop Licensing Manager.

  2. Verify that the connection method for the Remote Desktop license server is set to Automatic connection (recommended) by right-clicking the license server that you want to deactivate, and then clicking Properties. On the Connection Method tab, change the connection method if necessary.

  3. Right-click the license server that you want to deactivate, point to Advanced, and then click Deactivate Server. The Deactivate Server Wizard starts.

  4. On the Welcome page, click Next.

  5. On the Information Needed page, provide the requested information, and then click Next.

  6. Your request to deactivate the license server is sent to the Microsoft Clearinghouse for processing, and the license server is deactivated.

  7. On the Completing the Deactivate Server Wizard page, click Finish.