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CALs Needed for Windows Server 2003 web & database server???

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I am confused about the number of CALs I need for Windows Server 2003.  I am going to have two servers: a web server and a database server.  The database server will only be used by the web server to display data for the web application. I will need to access each server via remote terminal access.  I've seen prices all over the place and then I saw this version for super cheap ($33):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116037

What do I really need here?  I am so confused with Device, User, and Client CALs.  Please help!
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Will you just be accessing via admin console, or having full terminal services enabled?  Admin console only support 2 connections at a time, but does not require additional licensing.  Full terminal services requires a cal per connection.

Also note that the CAL from newegg is OEM - that means that it would be good if you purchased it from the vendor that sold you your server.  OEM is cheaper than retail for that reason.

If you bought XP a couple years ago, you might also check this link to see if you actually need to buy a TS license if you connect with XP:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/tsletter.mspx

At the end of it all - MS licensing is nightmarish at best.  If you aren't sure, your quickest and best bet is to just get it straight from them - email or call them.  Every time I've called them they have been friendly, knowledgeable, and patient with whatever crazy scenarios and dumb questions I have:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/cu_sc_prodinfo_master?ws=clientprotection#tab3

Somewhat related links:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/terminalservices/default.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/ts2003.mspx

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Sounds good.  I will just be connecting via remote access - I don't need full terminal services.  

I am under the impression that I just need one CAL per server since no "users" will be accessing these servers - it's only a web server and a database server (that servers the data for the website).  Does that sounds about right?
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Are you running web edition of OS or which version?  Assuming 2003 for both, based on the zone selected?
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Windows 2003 Standard R2 on both.
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