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We have about 150 workstations which are running an assortment of windows operating systems.

I have a single Windows NT 4.0 server with 200 CALS in "per seat" licensing mode.

It is my understanding that I could add 1000 more NT 4.0 servers and I wouldn't need to purchase any additional CALS because the "per seat" licensing covers all servers.

Is this correct ? if so

If I add a Windows 2000 server to the network will this also be covered by these per seat CALS or do I need specific "2000 CALS"

Thanks.
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Yes they are covered. You do not need specific windows 2000 CALS, your current NT4 CALS will work.

Just giving you a simplified answer.
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I ended up emailing Microsoft and got the following response;

Windows 2003 CALS can be downgraded to be used on earlier editions of Windows Server Products including NT 4. Please refer to the following table for a list of downgrade options for Windows Server licenses.
 
Windows Server Downgrade Chart
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/downgrade.mspx
 
Earlier versions of Windows Server CALS cannot be used on later versions of Windows Server Products (e.g.: NT 4 CALS cannot be used on Windows Server 2000 or Windows Server 2003).
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