Assigning Client Access Licenses without EBS Administration Console

EBS Administration Console

This is a workaround for EBS Administration Console that can no longer launch or has errors on launch. Consequently, Microsoft put the Licensing in this Console only, and no other GUI exists for it. However, that is why Powershell exists, and here are the commands to manage all your CALs in your network.

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Open Powershell on Management Server. (Start ->All Programs -> Windows Powershell 1.0)
  2. Type this at command prompt: Add-PsSnapin Microsoft.BusinessServer.Licensing.PowerShell
  3. View current current CAL assigned by typing: Get-CalAssignment
  4. Assign the user bob jenkins (login name: bjenkins) type: Set-Cal -name bjenkins
  5. Remove a CAL from bob jenkins type: Clear-Cal -name bjenkins
  6. Install a CAL Pack type: Install-CalPack insertkeyhere
  7. List of all Cal Packs installed: Get-InstalledCalPack

With these commands you should be able to manage your CALs without having to deal with the GUI problems and general slowness of EBS Admin Console.

Listing of PowerShell Commands for EBS Administration Console

Cmdlet Description
Set-Cal Assigns a CAL to a user or device.
Clear-Cal Removes a CAL from a user or device.
Get-CalAssignment Returns all of the users and devices that have CALs assigned to them.
Get-CalSummary Returns a summary of each installed CAL pack.
Get-InstalledCalPack Returns a list of installed CAL packs.
Install-CalPack Installs a CAL pack with a specified product key.

Returns CAL pack details for a specified product key.

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