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    Hello,

    We'd like to setup 2 W2k8 servers just as Domain Controllers. They're not going to give any more services to the net. Do we need 2 CALs for every user (one CAL for each server/user) ? For example, if there are 50 users that are going to register in AD DS, do we need 50 User CALs in server1 and 50 User CALs in server2 ? Thanks a lot.

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    Re: AD DS and CALs

    Yes unfortunately. You can make a decision whether you are going to go for Windows User CALs or Device CALs depending on what saves you more money. Additionaly you'll need to consider additional CALS for other roles (TS, RMS..)
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      Re: AD DS and CALs

      Surely both user and device CALs are domain (if not forest) wide
      Its only server CALS which are tied to a particular server
      (unless MS have changed it all again?)
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        Re: AD DS and CALs

        Originally posted by Ossian View Post
        Surely both user and device CALs are domain (if not forest) wide
        Its only server CALS which are tied to a particular server
        (unless MS have changed it all again?)
        You are correct actually, If the licensing mode is Per User or Per device then you'd only need one set of CALs. If it is set Per server however you'd need CALs for each server.

        The Licensing Mode was the one that throughs me of the track. MS loves to make it confusingly profitable don't thy?
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          Re: AD DS and CALs

          Thanks a lot to everybody. Forgive my ignorance but if I only buy one set of licenses (I have per user o per device mode) and I have 2 DCs, if I install all the licenses in ServerA (for instance) and it crashes will the users validate to Server B without any problems ? Will the replication process replicate also the licenses ? I'm really sorry for these so basic questions but Microsoft licensing is a little 'nightmare'.

          Thanks a lot,

          Nyitus.

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            Re: AD DS and CALs

            Originally posted by Nyitus View Post
            Thanks a lot to everybody. Forgive my ignorance but if I only buy one set of licenses (I have per user o per device mode) and I have 2 DCs, if I install all the licenses in ServerA (for instance) and it crashes will the users validate to Server B without any problems ? Will the replication process replicate also the licenses ? I'm really sorry for these so basic questions but Microsoft licensing is a little 'nightmare'.

            Thanks a lot,

            Nyitus.
            Hi Nyitus,

            If you go for perdevice then it's just single server as the name says per device. So if the server crashes then you need to revoke license (i assume but not sure) and re assign to the other server.
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              Re: AD DS and CALs

              A lot of MS licensing is on an "honour" basis where there are no physical checks that you are compliant, but if they catch you out you will be in trouble. The main exception is terminal server where a valid licensing server is needed.

              In the scenario above, I do not think the crashed licensing server will cause any problems
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