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M/S SQL Server CAL Question???

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I have a client that will be converting their Accounting Sys to a version that runs on M/S SQL Server.  We have two separate Front-End applications developed in Access/VBA that connects to the Accounting Sys using a DSN and ODBC connection to link up with specific tables (5).

The question is how to determine the number of CAL's that will be needed??  When I presented this question a few months ago the answer was pretty straighforward in that if 20 workstations will run the Access Front-End application then you will need 20 CAL's.

My thinking is  ... and this is what I'm trying to make sure of and confirm ....  Say if a workstation connects to the SQL Server, links up to the 5 tables but doesn't do anything but sits there.  Will that CAL be freed up or will it still be counted as a CAL in use by SQL Server???  My thinking is the License is only counted as in use when something in the Access Front-End application executes something against the SQL Server, is that correct???

Thanks,

ET



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I think that CAL's are actually determined by concurrentconnections, but I may be wrong. It would be best to talk to M$ or a VAR.

Jim
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I believe as long as the connection is active, the license is considered to be in use. Heed Jim's advice, however, regarding licensing ... the waters be murky there ....
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Thanks for the reply.
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