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Got a quick question about Server 2003 Licensing, I'm slightly confused.

I obviously understand the difference between Per Server and Per Device/User, but am not sure how the Devices relate to the Users in the Device/User model.

Obviously I would want to go with Device/User over Per Server in my case, being that I would have multiple 2003 servers with the potential of all my users accessing either/all of them at once.

Okay. I have 20 users and 31 machines including my other servers. The higher machine count is due to some of my development users having more than one machine they use.

The bottom line is this.. How many CALS do I need? 20 or 31? I would say 31.

I don't think I can use License Groups because they group MULTIPLE users to ONE device right? If I actually have 31 devices I would need 31 CALS right?
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You would need 31 if you are using the per device and all of them are connected at the same time.  If you only have 20 connected, then 20 would be OK.  With multiple servers this would be the preferred method, per user.  With only 1 server it might be more cost effective with Per server, but I haven't found many cases of that.  You don't ned any license groups.
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Okay, lets say I have 20 machines and 30 users.

Obviously only one user can be connected to a machine at a time, so in this case I would need 20 Per Device/User CALS right?

Essentially the number of users doesn't really matter, only devices? Why don't they just call it Per Device, heh.
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You are correct, if you only had 20 users connecting, 20 would be enough.  They call it per device because you may have a device connecting....  OK, lets say you have a machine you use for backups.   Every night it touches the server to do the backup.  No user is logged in, but there is a connection.  Because of the device connection, a license is required.
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Okay cool, understood, but there is one other thing.

The whole process of actually applying the CALS seems to be horribly undocumented and I'm confused by this:

There are two places you can view or add lisences, Licensing in the Control Panel, and the Licensing Manager under Administrative Tools. What is the difference between the two? Where do you actually add the CALS?

Is licensing even tracked by the OS in 2003 since the License Logging service is disabled by default?

I've searched MS high and low for a document that explains all of this, but I could never find anything.
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Don't even worry about Licensing Manager, etc.  You are using Per Seat or Per User.  It is more of the honor system here.  Just make sure you have the appropriate licenses should the License Police ever come knocking on your door.  There is nothing further to do.  It is not tracked in the system with this selection.  With Per Server, it IS monitored, not allowing you to exceed your limit.
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