2003 Licensing Applet Confusion

If I have 100 User CAL's for windows 2003 Domain Controller, which one is the appropriate choice? Per Server or Per-User/Per-Device?

What is the difference between the two?

I would assume its Per-User, is this correct?
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Per server means that the CALs can be recycled for use with more than 100 users - but only up to the limit of the license.  For example, you may have 200 users but only 100 ever connect at one time.  In this model, you'd need 200 per user/device CALs if licensed the other way.

Per user/device locks the CALs to a specific user/device and legally can't be recycled for use with a different set of users and/or devices.

When you purchased them you should have purchased based on per server or per user/device - this dictates what you should do.

The applet is really more of an honour thing that a limitation.  It should, however, be consistent with how you bought the licenses in the first place.


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BardlebeeAuthor Commented:
What would you recommend if I have 75 users and want to buy 100 CAL's for future growth? It sounds like Per Server correct?

or should I use Per User and have it based on user accounts?...
The choice is yours really.

Per server now will allow a switch (one time) to per user/device should you decide you want to go that route.

Did you check your PO to see how they were purchased?
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BardlebeeAuthor Commented:
We have not yet purchased, but I initially planned on a User based licensing, then I found out you can do it Per server. So just to recap to see if I am understanding this right:

Per Server: You can have as many profiles in active directory as you want, but if you only have 100 Per Server CAL's then only 100 concurrent connections are available.

Per User/Device: Each User/Device is assigned a license, so that even if you have 200 people but 100 licenses, you can only legally create 100 usable accounts.

Does that sound right?
or 100 computer accounts.

It sounds like you have your head around it now.

BardlebeeAuthor Commented:

I appreciate the clarification!
You're welcome!
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