Reset Terminal Services Licensing Grace Period to 120 Days

Reset Terminal Services Licensing Grace Period to 120 Days

We often need to deploy Terminal Server (Remote Desktop Session Host in 2012) for testing purposes in development environments allowing more than 2 concurrent Remote Desktop Sessions on it. When it is installed, by default it is in default Grace licensing period which is 120 days and it works fine.

Once Grace period expires, the server does not allow even a single Remote Desktop session via RDP and all we can do is logon to the Console of machine using Physical/Virtual console depending on Physical or Virtual machines or try to get in using mstsc /admin or mstsc /console, then remove the role completely and restart the terminal server and it starts accepting default two RDP sessions.

We sometimes find ourselves in situation when server is nearing to the end of grace period and we don’t have a TS Licensing server in place and we need the default grace period to be reset/extended to next 120 days.

I have created a Script which can be used to query the remaining days of grace period and extend/reset it to next 120 days in case needed.

## This Script is intended to be used for Querying remaining time and resetting Terminal Server (RDS) Grace Licensing Period to Default 120 Days.
## Developed by Prakash Kumar (prakash82x@gmail.com) May 28th 2016
## www.adminthing.blogspot.com
## Disclaimer: Please test this script in your test environment before executing on any production server.
## Author will not be responsible for any misuse/damage caused by using it.

Clear-Host
$ErrorActionPreference = "SilentlyContinue"

## Display current Status of remaining days from Grace period.
$GracePeriod = (Invoke-WmiMethod -PATH (gwmi -namespace root\cimv2\terminalservices -class win32_terminalservicesetting).__PATH -name GetGracePeriodDays).daysleft
Write-Host -fore Green ======================================================
Write-Host -fore Green 'Terminal Server (RDS) grace period Days remaining are' : $GracePeriod
Write-Host -fore Green ======================================================  
Write-Host
$Response = Read-Host "Do you want to reset Terminal Server (RDS) Grace period to Default 120 Days ? (Y/N)"

if ($Response -eq "Y") {
## Reset Terminal Services Grace period to 120 Days

$definition = @"
using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices; 
namespace Win32Api
{
	public class NtDll
	{
		[DllImport("ntdll.dll", EntryPoint="RtlAdjustPrivilege")]
		public static extern int RtlAdjustPrivilege(ulong Privilege, bool Enable, bool CurrentThread, ref bool Enabled);
	}
}
"@ 

Add-Type -TypeDefinition $definition -PassThru

$bEnabled = $false

## Enable SeTakeOwnershipPrivilege
$res = [Win32Api.NtDll]::RtlAdjustPrivilege(9, $true, $false, [ref]$bEnabled)

## Take Ownership on the Key
$key = [Microsoft.Win32.Registry]::LocalMachine.OpenSubKey("SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\RCM\GracePeriod", [Microsoft.Win32.RegistryKeyPermissionCheck]::ReadWriteSubTree,[System.Security.AccessControl.RegistryRights]::takeownership)
$acl = $key.GetAccessControl()
$acl.SetOwner([System.Security.Principal.NTAccount]"Administrators")
$key.SetAccessControl($acl)

## Assign Full Controll permissions to Administrators on the key.
$rule = New-Object System.Security.AccessControl.RegistryAccessRule ("Administrators","FullControl","Allow")
$acl.SetAccessRule($rule)
$key.SetAccessControl($acl)

## Finally Delete the key which resets the Grace Period counter to 120 Days.
Remove-Item 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\RCM\GracePeriod'

write-host
Write-host -ForegroundColor Red 'Resetting, Please Wait....'
Start-Sleep -Seconds 10 

  }

Else 
    {
Write-Host
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Yellow '**You Chose not to reset Grace period of Terminal Server (RDS) Licensing'
  }

## Display Remaining Days again as final status
tlsbln.exe
$GracePost = (Invoke-WmiMethod -PATH (gwmi -namespace root\cimv2\terminalservices -class win32_terminalservicesetting).__PATH -name GetGracePeriodDays).daysleft
Write-Host
Write-Host -fore Yellow =====================================================
Write-Host -fore Yellow 'Terminal Server (RDS) grace period Days remaining are' : $GracePost
Write-Host -fore Yellow =====================================================

## Cleanup of Variables
Remove-Variable * -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue


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