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Client Acess Licences to access shares?

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Hello! Is it nessesary to have a CAL for each user even if they are just accessing a share on the server through windows explorer. They are not actually logging on to the domain at boot but obviously would need to enter a username and password to view the share. This is basically to get over the 10 user share restriction on Windows XP. The clarify, we need say 20 people to access a file share on the network, but do they all need a cal for the server, even if the machine isnt part of the domain (domain wont exist, it wont be a controller)?.
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So, 20 machines, just 20 cals. I dont need anything on top of that for users?
no you dont need anything other than that and 20 cal licenses are enough
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Thank you both! perfect.

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Yes, the files would go on a server. But i would still need one CAL per machine as per above i think.
Yeah..then no worries&you are good to go
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That's actually not quite correct, since this is a stand-alone server.
It depends on the licensing mode that the server is running in (Control Panel -> Licensing).
Since the server isn't running in a domain, connecitons to it are licensed "Per Server", that is, you need to install as many CALs as the maximum number of *concurrent* connections from the clients.
So if you have 20 users, but only 15 of them access the server at the same time (take into account that connections take 15 minutes to disconnect automatically by default, so don't make the mistake of thinking "as soon as this user has accessed his file, his connection is immediately free for the next user").
"Per Device" or "Per User" licensing would be a different matter, but that only makes sense in a domain environment, not in a workgroup setup.

And why exactly do you not want to have the ease of administration coming with a domain?
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