win 2k3 server licensing question

Posted on 2005-05-11
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
I am involved in a project that will install a new AD structure on a new win 2k3 server.  The current server is nt 4.0. The plan is to take a new server and install win2k3 on it with AD. Next is to take the old nt 4.0 server and install 2k3 on it as a member server.

The question is this: We have purchased user based CAL's for each  user for the new server. However, does the upgraded old server require user CAL's for each user as well or can I do concurrent licensing. The older server is going to be used for rarely used files.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:pHOdAT
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    Accepted Solution

    If the same users are accessing the old server and the new server then you are fine on CALs.  A win2k3 CAL is good for accessing as many win2k3 servers on a domain as that user can access.  That is why user CALs are much better than device CALs when accessing more than one server.  If you use device CALs then you have to pay for each device accessing each server (ie - 1 computer access both servers = 1 device CAL for each server).  
    Hopefully that makes sense (because it's hard to make good sense out og Microsoft licensing...).  Let me know if you need more.


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    Thanks for the info, it now all makes sense. NOT :) One day MSFT will figure out better licensing schemes.

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