Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people, just like you, are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
Solved

Do I need purchase windows 2008 CAL?

Posted on 2008-10-07
5
4,691 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
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?

Thanks!
Ben
0
Comment
Question by:ACRMIS
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 19

Expert Comment

by:aissim
ID: 22664330
You will need a 2008 server CAL for each device or user that is going to access the file server
0
 
LVL 19

Expert Comment

by:aissim
ID: 22664340
(here's microsoft's faq about 2008 licensing: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/licensing-faq.aspx )
0
 

Author Comment

by:ACRMIS
ID: 22664409
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"?

Thanks!
0
 
LVL 19

Accepted Solution

by:
aissim earned 50 total points
ID: 22664541
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.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ACRMIS
ID: 22665070
I see, thank you very much!
0

Featured Post

Problems using Powershell and Active Directory?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
NTFS Permissions 6 57
Group Policy Mapped Drives - Work Offline? 7 43
lock down downloads folder 8 74
Dell Precision T3500 Running Windows 2008 Server R2 - SP1 3 37
Restoring deleted objects in Active Directory has been a standard feature in Active Directory for many years, yet some admins may not know what is available.
A safe way to clean winsxs folder from your windows server 2008 R2 editions
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to enable the VMware\Hyper-V licensed feature of Backup Exec 2012. In addition, how to add a VMware server and configure a backup job. The first step is to acquire the necessary licen…
This tutorial will walk an individual through configuring a drive on a Windows Server 2008 to perform shadow copies in order to quickly recover deleted files and folders. Click on Start and then select Computer to view the available drives on the se…

808 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question