server 2008 licensing

Posted on 2008-10-27
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
we currently have a 2003 enviroment. We just purchased a new 2008 server we would like to implement inside our network and add it as a member server. will our exsisting cals work with this? will we even be able to add this as a member server. we just would like to use it as a basic file server
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Darius Ghassem earned 500 total points
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Yes, you can add a 2008 server as a member server. You will have to purchase CALs though to access this server. The difference is with 2008 you don't have to put the CALs into the server because there isn't a licensing module like in 2003. You will just need the paper to show MS if they audit you that you have CALs to access the server.

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so even though we have cals for the 2003 servers.. if any of our users wanted to access files on the 2008 server they would need to purchase cals first?
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Correct the legal way is to have the CALs which should be the correct way of doing things. You must have 2008 CALs to access the 2008 server.

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well that just ruined my day. thanks for the quick responses!
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Not a problem. Sorry for ruining your Day!

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