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Do I need purchase windows 2008 CAL?

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I'm installing a Windows 2008 Enterprise Server and will configure it as a File Server, more than 200 users/workstations need to access shared folder on this 2008 server. all workstations are running Windows XP, and all are in one Windows 2003 domain...My manager ask me to make sure we have enough license to run this 2008 server, so I'm wondering that how many CALs do I need to purchase for allowing all users to access shared folders?

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You will need a 2008 server CAL for each device or user that is going to access the file server
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(here's microsoft's faq about 2008 licensing: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/licensing-faq.aspx )
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I thought the CAL is only for users to access software on Windows 2008, and each windows XP holds one CAL to access member servers.  also since the server is file server which just contains documents, should all  shared folders also be considered as "Software"?

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When they refer to 'server software' that is simply referring to the operating system...basically, a server CAL is required when a device/user accesses a Windows server. (whether that be for file shares, dhcp, print queue, etc).....

The XP license by itself is only for running that particular operating system, it does not come packaged with any server CALs or anything like that. When (if) you bought a 2003 server CAL for that XP system, then that one CAL can be used to access any member server running 2003 server.....you don't need a server CAL for each member server.
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I see, thank you very much!
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