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Disable WLMS (Windows License Monitoring Service)

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  • Hi Guys,

    How can i disable the WLMS service on my licensed server?

    According to Microsoft this service should not suppose to be there on a licensed windows 2008 R2 machine.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2021579

    But i have this service running on my server, how can i disable/delete this service?

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 1:47 PM

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  • The server is already activated but the service exist on this server, don't know how this service get onto this server.
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 1:49 PM
  • The server is already activated but the service exist on this server, don't know how this service get onto this server.


    Simple answer: The server has been installed with evaluation media. No way to get that annoying service out of your box. My suggestion: use the regular media (oem, fp or vl) and install a fresh and clean box.

     

    cheers, Daniel

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 7:55 PM
  • Hi Daniel,

    thanks for the suggestion, but my server already installed with OEM version of windows. and it is fully activated and running from last 8 months. but this service come into existence before 4-5 days, i am not sure but this may be because some patch update.

    Now the question is how can i remove this service or disable this service from my server?

    Thursday, December 01, 2011 6:56 AM
  • Hi,

     

    From the problem description, I understand that you would like to disable the WLMS (Windows License Monitoring Service).

     

    As we know, The existence of the Windows License Monitoring Service as one of the services on Windows Server 2008 R2 machines means that this is Evaluation Media.  The Windows Licensing Monitoring Service ( WLMS) only exists on the evaluation version of Windows Server 2008 R2.

     

    If you have already activated Windows, follow one of these steps:

     

    1.      Click Start, click Run, and then type winver. If you are running the evaluation version, the About Windows dialog box displays "Evaluation version."

    2.      Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties. If you are running the evaluation version, the system properties windows includes the following:

    Your Windows license is valid for XXX days

     

    Although you have activated your server, it is unsupported to upgrade to a full version or to change the product key to a full version. To upgrade to a full version, you must use non-evaluation media to do a new install. If you change the product key to Full Version the visual evaluation references in Winver and in displayed in Slmgr /DLV output are removed, however, the WLMS service is still on the system and this is still evaluation media.

     

    Regards,

    James
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    Thursday, December 01, 2011 9:10 AM
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  • Hi James,

    When i am running winver it says the product is licensed under Microsoft license terms, and when i am going to properties of my computer it says "Product is activated". And when i am running Slmgr /DLV there is nothing like visual evaluation reference!

    then where the hell this service reside on my server?

    Thursday, December 01, 2011 11:21 AM
  • Hello,

    This service is only on the Evaluation media, it is not available as an add-on and is not present in any other media.

    The only way this service gets on the OS is during setup.

    This installation was done with Evaluation media, there is no workaround, there is not way to remove the service.

    It appears Eval media was used, the OEM key was installed at a later point in time.

     


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en
    Thursday, December 01, 2011 8:53 PM
  • Hi,

    Any Update?

    James


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    Monday, December 05, 2011 5:34 AM
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  • Is there any possibility this service got installed because of some patch update, because we have other servers on which the OS was installed from the same media(volume license) as the mentioned server did, but WLMS service doesn't exist on other servers. And don't know why the service is not starting up even after rebooting the server (service startup type is automatic). can you please elaborate?

    • Edited by Tausif Farid Monday, December 12, 2011 2:50 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Goduvall Monday, March 05, 2012 12:53 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Goduvall Monday, March 05, 2012 12:54 PM
    Monday, December 12, 2011 10:14 AM
  • Hello,

    Nope that service only ships on Eval media, it does not ship with any other media or through any updates.

    Check the application event log to look for this service as well as the Security-SPP services, there may be some history about the activation and service notifications that may supply more information.

     


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en
    Monday, December 12, 2011 5:12 PM
  • We had the same situation with our Volume License media.  The winver shows Windows 2008 R2 Standard with no indication of it being an Evaluation Copy.  Although we are assessing the situation and may rebuild the servers in question, here is what I did to disable the service since it was causing errors in our SCOM environment:

    1> Run regedit using elevated privileges.

    2> Navigate to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WLMS.

    3> Right click on WLMS and select Permissions.

    4> Click Advanced button and select Owner Tab.

    5> Change owner to Administrators, click Replace owner... and press Apply.

    6> Click OK and on the Security tab, make sure that Administrators have Full Control. Click OK.

    7> Change the Start value for the WLMS service to 4.

    We have a very controlled environment when it comes to server builds and are investigating why a few of the servers started showing this problem a few weeks ago. 

    • Proposed as answer by Borki Wednesday, November 07, 2012 12:24 AM
    Monday, March 05, 2012 1:03 PM
  • It is not possible to perform operation 6. After changing the owner, it immediately changes back to System and does not allow any permission to be changed.
    Monday, November 19, 2012 9:03 AM
  • That worked for me, thanks very much Goduvall
    Wednesday, December 05, 2012 9:55 AM
  • hi Štefan A

    you can boot from microsoft Dart http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hh826071.aspx

    and connect to local registry and change the START value to "4"

    for me it's resolved the safe mode issue restart at login screen.

    Israel

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 12:01 PM
  • Wonderfull, DART is worked for me. Thanks Israel Chemo.

    Tuesday, March 05, 2013 9:04 AM