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Migrating to 2003 but need a little info first

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I work for a small buisness here in Huntsville, Alabama.  We have recently be discussing migrating to a true server os from what we currently run.  My question is about the Windows CAL's and how i will need to apply them.  Currently we have about 25 machines that have mapped drives to our current server (which is win98).  I also have one machine with windows XP that is using IIS to access information off of our current server to display over the web.

1.) am i going to need a CAL for all 25 machines in the office that need to connect with mapped drives

2.) will i need a CAL for each user that connects to our data via the internet or will i just need one cal for the web host computer

3.) how many CAL's will windows 2003 support (IE can i only have 30 users connected concurrently or is the number pretty well endless)

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Rory Hamaker
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1) Yes, you will need a Windows cal for each client connecting to your server

2) If the clients are connecting from the same PC listed in item one (meaning they have laptops that they bring home), then you do not need any additional licenses.

3) 2003 concurrent connections is pretty much limitless (your hardware will slow down before you will run out of the ability to add licenses)

You will probably want to buy Windows 2003 Small Business server because this gives you the best bang for the buck.

Here is some additional information:

Windows Server 2003 Client Access Licensing Overview
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/caloverview.mspx


http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/default.mspx#EFAA
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/pricing.mspx

Thank you,

Joe Poandl MCSE
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by:rhamaker
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In regards to my second question.  We have 3 employees that work offsite permanatly that connect via internet.  Will these three computers have to have CAL's as well?
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Yes, if there is like a VPN connection to the server and they have full access.  No (I think), if they are just using a web page that sits on the server.
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