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Windows SBS 2003 as a file server

Hey all,

I'm building a VPN in 4 remote locations and all they want to do is share files......I offered the terminal server idea, but they thought that was over kill, and they're probably right.  

I'm going to use 4 Linksys VPN routers to do this.  Once connected, they will all see the file server that I will probably map to 192.168.0.10 at the main office.  Are people at the other 3 locations as well as at that the main location going to need CALs to access the file server?

Thanks,
Chris
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gjohnson99Commented:
Yes but


What are your cals are they by device or by concurrent  use on the server ?

If by device and you all ready have them your fine.

If by Concurent then you need the righ amount for the server you are login in to, but that is concurrent connection
on the server.








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inverted_2000Author Commented:
I have zero "cals" at this point.  So lets say I have 3 users in each of the 4 locations.....will I need 12 CALs?  Why would I need to do this?  Why wouldn't I just run a XP Pro machine and share the folders instead of have to purchase all these CALs?  Does SBS know how many licenses are there if it is only configured as a  file server?  I know if it was a terminal server configuration, then I would need to have the terminal license server running....but this is only a file server.  

Please help me understand this (o:
Thanks again,
Chris
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gjohnson99Commented:
I think that SBS come some Cals(like 20).

The number of  cal and type is only on the server (It on your honor system)

There nothing that is loaded on your workstaton for the cal .

If  when setting up SBS you can tell it concurrent or by device, If till it by concerrent you will need to fill in the amount fo cals you have.
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inverted_2000Author Commented:
So when I load SBS 2003, I know it will ask how many CALs I have or how many processors it will be running on......so just tell it 20 seats have CALs, or how ever many CALs SBS 2003 comes with and I'll be okay?
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gjohnson99Commented:
That it.


but remember number is Concurrent logins if you have 12 remote user its not likely that all 12 be on at the same time.  
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inverted_2000Author Commented:
Let me ask something again though.....Creating a SBS 2003 machine to act as a file server isn't an option from the "Manage Your Server" wizard as it is an option on 2003 Standard and Premium server editions.  

Should I be using SBS 2003 for the server OS if I am only using it to share files?

Thanks,
Chris
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