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Here is a very simple question.  Do Windows 2000 Pro and Windows XP Pro come with a TSCAL built in…….??????  I’ve been hearing that it does.  I’ve did a search on Microsoft and every doc I’ve found says that they do.  Some people said that is has changed, but Microsoft has not advertised it to sell more XP Pro.
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Here is a link about licensing:

No, Microsoft desktop operating systems (including Windows XP and Windows 2000 Professional) do not have a "built-in" Terminal Services CAL.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/community/centers/terminal/terminal_faq.mspx#EDAAA
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Sorry, that was for 2000, here is updated info for 2003.  You may have already read this.  Pls let me know if you have.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/priclicfaq.mspx#EDAAA

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cfairley
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From this statement, a windows CAL is needed except if it's an external connection:

Q. When do I need to acquire a Windows CAL?
 
A. A Windows CAL is required when a user or device accesses or uses the server software. However, if access is through the Internet and is unauthenticated (for example, when browsing a public Web site), a Windows CAL is not required. Also, if that user is an external user, another option is to acquire an External Connector license. See the Windows External Connector License section below for more detail. Further information is available at the External Connector License Overview.
 
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Q. Do Windows XP and Windows 2000 Professional have built-in Terminal Services CALs?
 
A. No, Microsoft desktop operating systems (including Windows XP and Windows 2000 Professional) do not have a "built-in" Terminal Services CAL.

For Windows 2000 Terminal Servers, the license server issues machines running Windows 2000/Windows XP Professional with a "free" Terminal Services CAL from its built-in pool (and its use is permitted under the Windows 2000 Server EULA). Windows XP Professional is a successor to Windows 2000 Professional, and as a result does not need a Terminal Services CAL to access a Windows 2000 Server running Terminal Services. However, Windows XP Home Edition is not a successor to Windows 2000 Professional (rather, it is a successor to Windows Millennium Edition) and therefore does require a Terminal Services CAL in order to access Windows 2000 Terminal Services.

For Windows Server 2003 Terminal Servers, all clients need installed CALs assigned to them in order for them to connect to Windows Server Terminal Servers. (There is no "built-in" pool.) """"Owners of Windows XP Professional desktop licenses are eligible for free TS CALs"""", however. For more information, see Terminal Server Licensing Transition Plan.
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It would seem that 2003 will give 2kp or XP pro a tscal
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Notice the date involved:

Terminal Server Licensing Transition Plan

Every Windows XP Professional desktop license that you own on the date of the public launch of Windows Server 2003 (April 24, 2003) will be eligible for a Windows Server 2003 TS CAL. One of following scenarios will apply:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/overview.mspx
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Does that mean that on copies before or after "April 24, 2003" will get a tscal from the server?
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I would think on and after the release date of 2003. April 24, 2003
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Hold up, after I reread it 20 times, it's starting to make sense that it's on or before that day.
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So if I have a client that is running Windows XP pro and they want to use terminal server on SBS 2003, they should be able to get a tscal from the server.
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If it applied to xp clients after that date, they would not make any money on future clients.  By applying it to clients on or before that date, it would cause the least inconvienence to prior customers and they would not loose them either.  = loose money
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So if the client buys WinXP pro now, the server should give a tscal?
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Here is another link that clears this up a little:

Customer Eligibility for Transition Plan
To be eligible for the complimentary TS CAL, customers must meet one of the following criteria:

• Acquired Windows XP Professional license before April 24, 2003.
• Have active Software Assurance (SA) or Upgrade Advantage coverage as of April 24, 2003, covering their Windows desktop operating system.
 
Any such customers with upgrade protection coverage for Windows Professional will be deemed to have upgrade protection coverage for the complimentary TS CALs they receive. All other customers will need to acquire TS CALs for Windows Server 2003 via regular channels and prices. This includes customers with older versions of Windows desktop OS (for example, Windows 2000), as well as those who acquire licenses for Windows XP Professional on or after April 24, 2003.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/tsletter.mspx
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Thanks kfasick, glad I could assist.

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