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The network we're setting up is going to have the following:
1x windows 2003 domain controller
1x windows 2003 terminal server (with 25 user CALs)
1x SQL server (with 25 user CALs)
1x exchange server (with 25 user CALs)

QUESTION - with regards the windows CALs... is it possible to use device CALs, because only 3 computers will be connecting to it (the other 3 servers -exchange, sql, and terminal).  All clients will connect via the internet to the terminal server.  

there are 25 users.

would that work?  can we have 25 people using the terminal server, and just get away with a device CAL for it?
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Looking at Microsoft's CAL Guide the wording is a bit funny

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/sam/lic_cal.mspx

"With Per Seat licensing (sometimes referred to as "Per Device or Per User"), you need a separate CAL for each unique device (or user, if applicable) that accesses the server to avail of services such as file or print or to run Microsoft server applications. Once you choose to deploy a Microsoft server product in Per Seat mode, your choice is permanent. The following is a diagram illustrating Per Seat licensing:"

Notice they refer to it as "Per Seat" now.  I would guess this is to stop people from doing what your talking about.


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