MS CAL Licsensing help - Windows 2000 Server network now adding Window Server 2003 to the mix.
Posted on 2006-10-19
I need help understanding some licensing issues.
I have 4 servers, all running Windows Server 2000 (OEM Version). I have a Total of 48 workstations, of which all are running Windows 2000 Pro (OEM Version). The network has 4 sites. Site 1: 1-server & 28-workstations, Site 2: 1-server & 9 w.s., Site 3: 1-server &4 w.s., Site 4: 1-server & 7 w.s. The current license set up is "Per Seat". My understanding is that any workstation can connect to any server this way. Now here is what licenses we have: 5 licenses each with each server thus total of 20, and 7 certificates that each have 5 additional licenses, thus a total of 35. A grand total of 55. RIGHT ? Everythings Good.
Now since that time there have been additions to the network. At Site 1: a Windows 2003 Server (OEM Version) and 4 additional XP-Pro workstations, Site 2: 1-XP w.s., Site 3: 1-XP w.s., Site 4: 1-XP w.s. Bring my totals to 5 Servers & 55 Workstations. With the additions the same "per seat" set up. My question is since I now have the Windows Server 2003 on the network do I need to get the 2003 licenses? or can I just add the number of client license I need for the extra clients? Also with the old total of 55 and the new 2003 Server (OEM) does this take my correct total to = 60?
I guess I'm confused between the Windows 2000 Server Licesnse and Windows Server 2003. And if I would upgrade all my workstations to XP-PRO could I use the old licenses? What about upgrade to the 4 older server to 2003?
Just what is the correct mix? - - Should have also got "Open" Licenses. also !!!