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I get a message telling me that license usage is nearing or has reaching the maximum on the server. How do I find accurately what licenses are in use at any point in time on the server? I have looked at shares\connected users, but that has several entries per user and even has some computers as well, is thsi correct or is my server setup in correctly? Ultimately I would like to get rid of this error message but I would also liek to only acquire the minimum amount of licenses necessary.
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by:irwinpks
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What happens when you go to START-ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS - LICENSING?

Got the log turned on?
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by:Bartley1969
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what log?????????
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again...what happens when you go to licensing?
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by:Bartley1969
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what is your problem? when I go to licensing I see that I have X x 5 licenses installed and my max usage is X+6
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by:Sembee
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Are you using SBS? If not, then the licensing logging service is a pile of junk that should be disabled.
Go in to services and find the license logging service. Stop it and disable it.
Repeat on your other servers. In fact you could disable the service using group policy and then it will never bother you again.

In the event of an audit the license logging service will be ignored - it doesn't prove anything.

If this is SBS then the above does not apply - you need to buy some more CALs.

Simon.
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by:irwinpks
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@bartley1969..."what is your problem?"

I have no problem, you do, and that is what I'm attempting to help you with.  You did not state what I originally asked, that's why I reiterated the question.
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by:Bartley1969
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yep, it's WIndows 2003 for SBS, but how do I fugure how many extra licenses I should buy (accurately)?
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by:Sembee
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How many machines have you got? A rough rule of thumb is to have the same number of SBS CALs as machines. However it depends which way you have licensed the server.

Look in the Server Management console to find the licensing.

Simon.
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by:Bartley1969
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well I guess i need to reword my question:
is there a tool that shows me what licenses are allocated to what users? In Server Management\Sessions\ I see the users but also some of the PC's that the users log in with, my concern is that at any point in time these machines, which are not users, are also being counted and being allocated licenses, which seems a bit ridiculous and unfair.
 
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The only tool that you can use is the license tool that is built in to SBS. It is in the server management console.

Simon.
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I'm asking for a refund!
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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You shoudln't ask for a refund because it doesn't matter what the licensing module shows on SBS.  What matters is that you are required to have as many CALs as you have users.  Period.

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by:Bartley1969
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Jeff,
surely these CAL's are concurrent CAL's not pure CAL's? I though MS allowed you to have infinite users in AD and then charged for concuurent connections to the server. Is this not the case? Can you point to some documentation?
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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No, SBS CALs are not concurrent.  Your thought of infinite users in AD is probably correct for Standard Windows Server CALs, but these aren't those.

Documentation?  Sure, here's a whole chapter on the subject:  http://smbnation.com/pdfs/Chapter%203%20Advanced%20SBS.pdf

Jeff
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