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For Small Business Server 2003, if I log into Outlook Web Access from the internet, does that consume a user or a device licence?  Is this licence released when I disconnect/log off?
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by:What90
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No CAL is used for OWA.


That's it!
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by:eternal_21
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I was under the impression that authenticated web access would require a CAL...

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Q. Do I need a CAL for Outlook Web Access or Remote Web Workplace?
 
A. Regardless of how you connect to the Windows Small Business Server 2003-based server, you need either device CALs or user CALs. If you have chosen device CALs, then your use of Outlook Web Access or Remote Web Workplace will consume a CAL.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/techinfo/overview/generalfaq.mspx

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But what I cannot figure out, is if I need one device licence is consumed for every computer that someone might log into to check their email?
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by:eternal_21
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Or if the whole Outlook Web Access application only consumes 1 licence itself...?
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by:eternal_21
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Also, say I have 10 user licences, and 10 device licences.  How do I assign a user licence to a specific windows account, so that they can log in to the server from any computer on the internet?  I am starting to think that Server-Based licensing was a better way to go, but SBS2003 doesn't support this, does it?
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by:What90
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Ahh,

Depending on how you set up the CAL (many of us use per user) then it may effect the licences.

They way I take the above statement is say you have six users and six device CAL's all six users can be connected to the server.  Should one user pop accross the road and want use OWA from an Internet cafe, then he'd have to either shutdown his machine or you'd have to buy one more device license.

So as long as your users aren't going to be logged in more than once at any one computer or time you should be fine.


hope that makes sense!
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by:eternal_21
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That certainly seems more reasonable than having to buy a device licence for every machine that might be used to log in to the server...  Would you have to release this licence somewhere on the server, before it can be used on another machine?
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by:eternal_21
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But "per Server" licensing would solve the problem too, as there would rarely be concurrent connections...  Can you tell me if there is a "per Server" mode in SBS2003, or is it all "per Device or User"?
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by:What90
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Per User is the new per Server option.

Another wonderful marketing changeover in terminology ....

Go with per user!
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by:eternal_21
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Here is the problem:  I might have 40 or so users that log on *very* infrequently (using just 1 computer), and I would like them to have OWA.  Trying to determine the best solution for this.
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If you have 10 permant staff and 40 part-time visitors

To save money, as long as they log off the single computer, then per device will be cheapest (otherwise you'd need 50 per user CAL)

However if you have 50 permant staff roaming from computers then go with per user.
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