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    Here's an odd question to do with CALs.
    I know, I know, call MS, speak with 3 licensing people, get 5 different answers. thought I'd throw it out there anyway.

    - Assume a network with 30 seats (so more than we could use 2012 Essentials for)
    - assume each of those 30 seats use windows home premium.
    - assume the business uses Office 365 for email and OfficeProPlus.

    if you had a single AD server, which was used solely for the purposes of managing the Office365 structure, and none of the computers authenticated against the local server, but only against Office365, would you need User/Computer CALS ?
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    Re: server licencing - CAL basis

    As you said, the only authoritative answer....

    As I see it, since the clients are not (cannot be) members of the domain, and don't appear to access resources on the server, no CALs are required.

    But of course, I assume logic comes somewhere in the scenario
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      Re: server licencing - CAL basis

      Microsoft call them Seats because understanding them is like musical chairs.

      Assume....really Andy!! Ass u me......
      1 1 was a racehorse.
      2 2 was 1 2.
      1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
      2 2 1 1 2