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    Are Server2008 and Server 2003 CALs interchangable?

    I am speccing up a new Dell Server with Server 2008 and they only offer add-on CALs for Server 2003

    I presume downgrade rights apply (Server 2008 CALs for use on Server 2003) but what about the reverse?

    All help appreciated, before I have to take my life into my hands and phone Microsoft!
    Tom Jones
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    Re: Server 2008 CALs

    No,The CALS are not interchangeable..check this link

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...nsing-faq.aspx

    MS does talk about downgrade rights too...
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...de-rights.aspx

    But I am not really sure about upgrade rights..but to the best of my knowledge it may be possible if ur product is listed under SA.

    Regards

    Fazal
    Fazal Zaidi
    MCITP-Windows 2008,Exchange 2010,MCTS-Exchange 2007,2010,Lync 2010,MCSE-2000,2003,MCSA-2003,2008,2012,MCP,MCSE -Messaging 2013,ITIL

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    • #3
      Re: Server 2008 CALs

      Thank you

      I'd seen the first link, but it does not appear to make it clear anywhere the clients are different.
      Tom Jones
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      • #4
        Re: Server 2008 CALs

        from the reseller handbook...

        Must customers who want to upgrade from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 obtain new licenses?

        Customers who have covered their Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance do not need new server licenses. They have new version rights to the software as part of their Software Assurance benefits. Other customers who don’t have Software Assurance and want to upgrade from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 need to obtain new server licenses. Version
        upgrades are not available.

        Customers who have Windows 2003 CALs or Windows 2003 External Connectors need to acquire new Windows Server 2008 CALs or Windows Server 2008 External Connector licenses in order to access and use Windows Server 2008 software.
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        • #5
          Re: Server 2008 CALs

          Thank you, Lior
          Exactly what I (didn't) want to hear
          Tom Jones
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          Ossian Ltd
          Scotland

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          • #6
            Re: Server 2008 CALs

            Hi Guys

            Can you just reconfirm what i think, if you run a 2008 server you need 2008 CAL's, even if your server farm contains 2003 servers with corresponding licenses and 1 server2008.

            ie

            30 servers total
            29 on win 2003 with sufficient CAL's
            1 on win 2008 do i need 2008 cals equalling the 2003 amount (same ammount of people/devises will acces)

            Regards

            Ric

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            • #7
              Re: Server 2008 CALs

              Originally posted by Richie View Post
              Hi Guys

              Can you just reconfirm what i think, if you run a 2008 server you need 2008 CAL's, even if your server farm contains 2003 servers with corresponding licenses and 1 server2008.
              Thats absolutely correct Richie, add one user accessible 2008 server and you have to replace all your CALs.
              If the information you receive helps please let us know and leave reputation points where appropriate.

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