Buying Windows Server 2008 for a simple domain
Posted on 2008-10-20
I got a quick question as this will be my first actual purchase of a server OS from Microsoft. We are currently running an older version of windows server and I have some money left in the budget to upgrade it. (I work for the local government).
The machine this is going to be installed on is nothing more than a domain controller. It does do things like DNS and DHCP but it does not do any kind of application hosting or anything fancy.
Its nothing more than a domain controller to where I can control what the individual workstations do on their computers from a central location.
My question is regarding CALs. I am looking at server 2008 that comes with 5 CALs. We have about 65 computers in here. Would I have to purchase more CALs? Im confused because I think of CALs as something that is needed for application hosting or terminal services. If this machine is just going to be a domain controller....do I need CALs for every computer connecting to the domain?
Also, how do printers fall into this? We have 4 network printers (TCP/IP). Could I use the windows server 2008 as a print server for the workstations or do I need to buy CALs for that too?
Ive administrated over Windows Domains for a few years now but I have never had to actually purchase a server OS and I want to make sure I get the right thing without wasting money. There is a huge difference in price when you start adding CALs so if I dont need them for a simple domain controller, I dont want to purchase them until there is a need.