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True meaning of Cal

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I was reading this article and tried to undestand the true meaning of cals.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/caloverview.mspx

I've always installed server2003 with 5 cals (the default option). So can now only 5 hosts acces the server at one time? Or what does that setting in real life?

Should I pay to someone if I Install the serevr with 50 cals?

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by:redseatechnologies
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Hi hafka,

A CAL is a Client Access License, it is basically the right of how many computers can connect to that server.

With 5 CALs, you can LEGALLY have 5 computers or users connect (depending on whether they are USER cals or DEVICE cals)

This may explain a little better than I did -> http://www.microsoft.com/resources/sam/lic_cal.mspx

Hope that helps,

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by:hafka
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I have now server2003 with 5 cals and 20 hosts connected to it. I don't have any problems with connections to shared recourses but should I buy 15 cals to keep things legal?
5cals always come with server2003?
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Yes, 5 CALs always come with Windows Server 2003.

And Yes, you should buy those extra 15 CALs.

I configure my servers so that they do not check licenses (there are ways to install licenses so that it will physically stop you from going over the limit, and other unofficial ways).  I do this because the licensing services can get needlessly restrictive.

There is not problem with this, ONLY IF you actually own the licenses.

I imagine you have installed your server in "Per Server" mode, which will not restrict you - it is basically the honour system, and like all licensing, it is better to do things right!

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by:hafka
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Thanks for answer, just the last question, how much does 15 cals cost?
(the about price)
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by:redseatechnologies
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You would need 3x 5packs

1x 5pack is worth AUD$323 (RRP)

So 3 would be AUD$969

There would be less than $120 profit in that for the reseller as well, so I don't know how you will go about getting a good deal

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