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Windows Server 2003 Licencing Options?

Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Hi, My company is looking to migrate to Server 2003 standard from 2000 Server Standard, I know its a bit late, but hey.

Question is: I really dont understand the licencing options that microsoft offer.

Heres our current setup, if anyone can advise on the correct option I would be grateful.

Number of PC's:60
1 win2k DC/Fileserver
1 win2k Server running accounts App over a Network Share
1 win2k Server running CRM App using Sybase DB over ODBC
1 win2k Server running Filemaker DB
1 win2k Server running Trend Antivirus
1 win2k3 Server running Exchange 2k3

What kind of linence option should we go for?
Do I need multple sets of cals for each server that shares files?
I would be very grateful if someone could help me out.
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Ok, so I'm pretty happy with going for Device CALS.

As for the licensing modes, I'm I best suited to Per Server Mode as Opposed to Per User or Device.
Andrew DavisManager

per User/Device is the way to go. Only consider per server where you have only one server (maybe two depending on the numbers accessing each server)
Reading your question it looks like pretty much your entire 60 will need to access all the servers so go the per User/Device


Thanks, thats jsut what I needed to hear.
So 60+ Device CALs and Per User or Device should do the trick.

When I upgrade the rest of the win2k servers to win2k3, all I have to buy is the service licence.
Andrew DavisManager

Yeah i usually like to have a few more licences than actually required, for support and as a buffer.
I always turn the license service off to avoid problems with it. One problem is when people sit at different machines and command another license. We have many users who rotate from desk to desk, each time, getting a new license.
Andrew DavisManager

Joe is correct. Apart from SBS, 2003 licencing is an honor system and most admins turn off the licence logging as it commonly causes problems.

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