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MS Windows Server 2003 R2 - CAL

I recently bought a Server running Microsoft Windows server 2003 R2 for my organization online. This comes with 5 CALs. I have installed an Oracle 10g database on this server. I also have an ERP application that is hosted on the same server. My department has 15 users and they all access the web based ERP application through the Intranet.
My question is, do I really need any CALs considering that I am not really using any of the server functions like directory services, authentication, security policies, domain controller etc.. I am merely using the machine as a database server and accessing an application on the server.
1. Do I need CALs at all?
2. If yes, How many more do I need to buy?
3. Does the server actually track the licenses and the number of people accessing the server?

Thank You.
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anabayar
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Hi!

1. Yes.
2. 10.
3. No.

If you need more detailed explanation, let me know...

Toni
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nightmare2Commented:
You need 10 additional CALs.
The server doesn't track the licenses if you use 'Per seat' licensing.
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tigermattCommented:
This website might help you: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/caloverview.mspx

It says that you need CALs for "access to and/or use of the server software" when a user makes an AUTHENTICATED access to the server (i.e. they exchange user/domain information with the server and active directory) If you have client PCs running from the server you will definitely need more CALs. Do you know if they are user or device CALs as that could change everything?!

Yes, the server does track the licenses used when there is authenticated access. Unauthenticated access over the internet doesn't count as usage of a CAL.

tigermatt
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Server does not track licenses at all, Licensing service is disabled by default. CALs are "per user" or "per device".
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anabayarAuthor Commented:
All

Pls let me add that there is no authentication at the OS level. I do not use the server as a domain controller or any of the server's authentication services. The ERP application is web based and hence access is through a web page. That is all I am using the server for. Do I still need CALs?
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Does you ERP application requires users to log on? If yes, you need additional CALs.
Only anonymous access through web page (public access) does not require additional CALs.
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anabayarAuthor Commented:
All

After ringing the microsoft support team, they confirmed that CAL is not needed when there is no authentication through the domain controller. So the CALs are not needed. Thank you for your help.
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