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Understanding Microsoft Licensing

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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I am trying to get our licensing within the legal constraints that Microsoft defines.  After looking into purchasing a new server and SQL 2005, this has raised a few questions.  Actually...a lot of questions.  But I'll give you just one and leave it open ended.

"Please explain Microsoft licensing..."

Ok, maybe that's a little too open ended.  What I'm looking for is some best practices when it comes to Windows OS, Windows Server, and other MS software.  Volume licensing? Pre-installed OEM? CALs?  Cost-effective Solutions? What's required? What's legal?

Here's a little bit about our environment to help you give better examples:
- 5 Servers running Server 2003 Standard
   -Apps/File/Print Server
   -SQL Database Server
   -Web Server
   -Citrix Server
   -Remote Office File/Print Server

- About 100 workstations running Windows XP Pro

- Various levels of MS Office (2000 to 2007, Basic to Pro)

Thanks for your help.  Hopefully this will help others also.
~bruno71
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