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User CALs, concurrent or just listed in Active Directory?

I'm planning a SBS 2003 Premium environment for a client.  I want to setup two accounts for myself (a user account (for testing users rights), and an administratively priveleged one (for a backdoor admin account).

I will only be working on the network for service.  Am I taking up two of the 5 CALs?

And what happens if a software installation creates a user?  is that another CAL?

What if a User is logged onto two computers?  Then what happens?

User CALs sound more like what they need than Device CALs, because they'll have workers working from home or different offices on occasion.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
>>I will only be working on the network for service.  Am I taking up two of the 5 CALs?
No, there are two Administrative CALs which are not included in the 5

>>And what happens if a software installation creates a user?  is that another CAL?
No, you can actually create as many user accounts as you like.  They only take up CALs when they are used to log into the network.

>>What if a User is logged onto two computers?  Then what happens?
That's the whole design of USER CALs... a user can be logged into as many devices as they like (Computer, PDA, Laptop, etc) with only one CAL used.

Overall, SBS licensing is fairly fuzzy.  You just need to have enough CALs as you have actual users and you'll be fine.

Jeff
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fl4ianAuthor Commented:
what happens if I bought 5 User CALs, and 5 people were logged in.  Then, I wanted to log in.  Would it log them off, or just give me an error?  And if i logged them off, would i then be able to connect?

Also, do you have to assign which Accounts are the ones you're using for the Administrative CALs? or is it by certain group membership? like the Domain Admin group or somethign?

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SaineolaiCommented:
The limit is not strictly enforced i.e., you will not immediately lose connection when the limit is exceeded.  Continuing to exceed it for a prolonged period will prevent additional connections.  

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SaineolaiCommented:
However you will immediately be outside your MS license agreement.
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SaineolaiCommented:
I believe what TechSoEasy is referring to with the administrative CALS is that you can have two administrative desktop sessions logged on to the SBS server directly and these will not be counted as part of the five CALS.

In this case I would concentrate on counting the "real people" who will be logging on to the system and comply with the spirit of the agreement.



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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
It's not concurrant licensing, it's basically assigned CALs.  You can watch how many CALs have been assigned in the Server Management Console.  You are not outside the Licensing Agreement if the company has 5 users and then YOU were to log in... remember that there are 2 Admin CALs available.

HOWEVER, since CALs are sold in 5-packs, you need to round up to the next 5 anyhow.  You state, "if I bought 5 User CALs, and 5 people were logged in"... it doesn't matter how many have logged in, it matters how many users there are overall!  That's how many CALs you need.

Jeff
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fl4ianAuthor Commented:
thanks, guys.
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