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  • Windows 2003 licensing question.

    After some reading of licensing model in 2003 I still have a question.

    I will put it simple.

    1. Is a user/device cal is enough for accessing multiple 2003 servers?

    I understand that the answer is YES.

    But because of some confusion when added licenses I am not sure.

    Opposite to question 1.

    2. Could it be that if there are 4 servers and user needs to access apps on each server he needs actual CAL for each server (4 in total)

    Thanks.
    "When you hit a wrong note it's the next note that makes it good or bad". Miles Davis

  • #2
    Re: Windows 2003 licensing question.

    You have a choice of "per server" or "per user" CALS, as you know

    Per User allows one user to access unlimited servers
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: Windows 2003 licensing question.

      Per User allows one user to access unlimited servers
      Yes, as Ossian said, just choose per user licensing not per device & you will be covered. You just need to make sure your server is configured for "per user" licensing & not "per device", otherwise users wont pick up CALS.

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      • #4
        Re: Windows 2003 licensing question.

        Here's what I do:

        I disable License Logging service on all my servers.

        I have X many users and X many CALs on paper. Why do I need a crappy service that hasn't been updated since NT to keep track of it?

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        • #5
          Re: Windows 2003 licensing question.

          SBS is (of course) different and handles its licencing differently.
          From MS, you are covered:
          Q. Do additional servers in my SBS 2003 R2 network require a CAL to connect to the domain?

          A. You do not need a CAL for additional servers to connect to the domain.
          http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsServ...licensing.mspx
          Tom Jones
          MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
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          IT Trainer / Consultant
          Ossian Ltd
          Scotland

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          • #6
            Re: Windows 2003 licensing question.

            Garen,
            thank you for confirming my approach. I did the same just for not seeing the messy stuff from member server licensing.
            Basically I disable it right after installation. But yesterday I enabled it.
            It allowed me to see my SBS on which I cannot change per server or per user.
            I swithched (don`t know if it properly worked) SBS to user/device.
            It shows now 1 connection used. From my reading I found that when user checks his e-mail (owa or OL) it takes one licenses.
            I will monitor this. Microsoft doesn`t recommend to mix per server and per user on different servers.

            What is weird that from member lic interface Exchange licenses shows 750 !.
            This confirms what you saying that the service is really crippy.

            Ossian,
            my primary question is ansered by you and after reading some MS FAQs.

            Thanks to all.
            "When you hit a wrong note it's the next note that makes it good or bad". Miles Davis

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            • #7
              Re: Windows 2003 licensing question.

              MLA, please check your PM. Thanks.
              1 1 was a racehorse.
              2 2 was 1 2.
              1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
              2 2 1 1 2

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              • #8
                Re: Windows 2003 licensing question.

                biggles77,
                did what you recommended.
                Thx.
                "When you hit a wrong note it's the next note that makes it good or bad". Miles Davis

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