Client Access Licenses
Posted on 2006-03-30
have a question about windows 2003 CAL's
i've just taken over as network admin for a small company who's IT situation was in a complete mess to say the least!
Here is the current situation.
2 x Windows 2000 domain controllers
1 x Windows 2003 member server
42 Windows XP Machines
I am looking to get the whole company licensed up properly, as the previous IT manager didn't have a clue, and i want to understand things better before i splash out on a lot of money.
The windows 2003 standard server says it has 5 Cal's. All clients have licensed versions of XP and Office etc, and our exchange server is fully licensed, but this still means we are not fully licensed on server CAL's.
I am looking to upgrade both 2000 domain controller servers to 2003 servers. I assume these come with 5 CAL's each. That means i will have 15 CAL's in all right? is there any way of finding out if our 2000 servers have any CAL's with them, and can they be used once they become 2003 servers?
also, does this mean i will need 3 x 42 CAL's to be licensed since we have 3 servers? if not, how do i go about managing CAL's if we have CAL's on 3 different servers? what machine do i add the additional CAL's too?
Do we need CAL's for the Mac's too?
what about the 4 laptops we have, even though they very very rarely connect to the network?
we also have a remote office in Devon that connects to our office via VPN. there are 4 clients down there. Do i need to allow CAL's for them?
any help would be much appreciated.