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1) I am shopping around for Windows 2003 Server.  On ebay I have come across quite a number of individuals selling Windows 2003 Enterprise Server with 25 CALs.  $400 seems to be a fairly common price; the regular retail price is $4000.  They claim to be the full version; some claim to be promotional copies of the full version.  Here are is a sample (they've had their ebay account yanked due to some sort of squabble with another vendor, and not, they claim, because of the product).

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=3691366402&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT

another

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=11229&item=3693995542&rd=1

and another

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=11229&item=3691748793&rd=1

Are these legit, and if so are there any limitations that I need to be aware of?

2) I've used Terminal Server Client software in the past to access a Win2000 server and would like to be able to do the same with our server once it is set up. Do I need a separate package for this?

3) If the answer to 2 is yes, what other remote access tools are available with win 2003 server?

4) I really need a book on basic networking principles but every search I do seems to turn up nothing but advanced books. I'm probably not entering the best keywords. Can someone suggest a good title? I really like books from O'Reilly, particularly from "The Definitive Guide" and "In a Nutshell" series.

thanks,

wileedingo
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1. The cheapest legit copy of Windows 2003 Server is available from MAPS - Microsoft Action Pack Subscription
http://members.microsoft.com/partner/salesmarketing/PartnerMarket/ActionPack/default.aspx?nav=rn

2. Windows 2003 comes with Terminal Services in Remote Administration Mode switched of by default, you need to go the system control panel and click on the remote tab to switch it on. You can use the TS in console mode : MSTSC /v:servername /console which is just like remote control.

3. answer is no!

4. The MS press books that cover the Networking and TCP/IP MCP course are excellent. O'Reilly and others do similar books.





Cheers

JamesDS
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Thanks James,

1) I guess you're saying that these are probably not legit.  I'll look at the link shortly (looks like I have to register first).

2) re TSC: I couldn't figure out why they're selling TSC Server if it's part of Win Server.

4) I'll look at the books you suggest.
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wileedingo
They'll be selling TS CALS which you need if you are going to run Windows 9x or XP clients - but NOT if you're only using TS in remote admin mode or using Windows 2000 clients (they come with their own TS license)

Speak to microsoft about licensing, they are usually very helpful and will explain the possible pitfalls in buying "used" software - you may be ok, but ask first - they wont send the police round!!

Cheers

JamesDS
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