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Microsoft CAL Audit  tool

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I have recently been contracted by this company whose IT MANAGER left. I have no information on how many user CAL Licenses are installed and whether they purchased any more after the initial lot.
Currently there are about 100 users in the organization and all I want to do is make sure that we are legitimate as far as Microsoft Licensing goes.
Is there any audit tool that will tell me the installed LICENSE (which I know BELARC can do for me) as well as the no. of CALs installed on the server. Your help will be appreciated.
OS in use is SBS 2003.
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I know some of you will say that ring MICROSOFT with the License no. and get them to tell you. This is a very time consuming process and as I come across this problem very often, I would like to download a tool which would do this job for me. Please comment
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You can look at how many CALs show up in Licensing in the Server Management Console.

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Hii dstewartjr:,

Thanks for you answer. How do I tell the no. of LICENSES in use from this console.
Is it possible or one has to manually count them from AD user and Computers??

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Also My server says the following -

Installed licenses: 10
Maximum usage: 4
License Codes Number of Licenses Activation Date
XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX   5  28/03/2006

Does this mean that I have 10+5 = 15 licenses installed. If yes what does Maximum Usage of 4 mean??
 
 

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it means you have 10 licenses but only 4 have been used
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Thanks mate,

The link you provided above was exactly what I was looking for-

Q. Does SBS 2003 R2 provide a mechanism to track and display how many CALs are in use?
 
A. No. The Licenses console displays the total number of CALs that have been activated on the server and maximum number of clients that were connected since the last server restart. This provides a quick indicator as to whether additional CALs should be purchased. It does not provide a real-time license monitor. You will need to maintain records of what you have purchased, and how you have assigned the first 5 CALs that come with the server.
 
I am awarding you FULL POINTS but can you also advise on your knowledge about CALS for Server 2003. Thanks in advance
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