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I need someone to clarify a couple questions I have regarding MS licensing. Here is our network...

1 Windows 2003 Server domain
1 domain controller/exchange/sql server (NOT Small Business Server)
1 Terminal Server
10 2003 Server CAL's (per server mode)
10 Exchange CAL's
5 SQL Server CAL's
5 Terminal Services licenses
We have a total of 6 users. There are usually only 2 users in the office. The remaining users access resources remotely through the terminal server and Outlook Web Access.

Somehow I'm getting messages indicating that we have exceeded our license usage and users are being denied access to folders. I double checked that there are 10 CAL's on the domain controller licensed in per server mode.

How is it possible that we are exceeding our license usage?  I'm guessing that users sometimes forget to logoff, etc. but on once instance where we were exceeding license usage there were no active terminal server sessions, etc. Here is my understanding of licensing, please correct me where I am wrong:

A user uses a CAL when they are logged on to Active Directory.

The 2 servers each use up a CAL. Correct?

I'm guessing that a user also uses a CAL in addition to a TS license when they log on to the terminal server. Is this assumption correct?  (please note that users are accessing the terminal server from a generic account...in other words, john smith has an active directory account but logs on to the terminal server under a different account like term1).

When a user logs on to Outlook Web Access, what kind of license is required? Is this covered under Exchange licensing? Does this also require a CAL on the domain controller since they are using an Active Directory account?

Is there any way to tell what is using a license? I don't see any feature like this in the licensing console...

Thanks for any help.
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Is this SBS?
If not, turn off the license logging service on the server. It is a piece of junk that just gets in the way. DO NOT turn off the Terminal Server license service as TS licenses are hard enforced.

Simon.

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I interested in an answer that will give me info on how licensing works.  If someone accesses the server via terminal services, do they need a TS license and a CAL? If someone uses Outlook Web Access, do they need a CAL for the server or is this covered under the Exchange license.
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