Windows Server 2003 Licensing Questions
Posted on 2010-08-24
I'm planning on performing some upgrades to the network at my office. The main thing I want to do is upgrade our two server 2003 domain controllers to 2008 DC's. But while I was looking at the licensing for the 2003 DC's in the licensing control panel on each server, I got stumped and decided to look into this issue before I moved on.
Here is the situation. We have two 2003 DC's on the network. The primary DC has AD, DNS and DHCP installed on it while the other DC only has AD and DNS. The issue that stumped me was this: The primary DC has Per Server licensing enabled with 5 concurrent connections allowed. The other DC has Per Device or Per User enabled. Are we in compliance if the primary DC only has Per Server licensing?
I got a licensing report from Microsoft a while ago and it shows that our organization has 100 device CAL's for server 2003 (We only have roughly 80 devices on our network). When a user logs in to the network from a computer, are those device CAL's being used to authenticate the device to the secondary DC or the primary DC?
I feel like I should know these answers but Microsoft licensing has always confused me. Thanks in advance for any assistance. If you need more information I'll do my best to provide it.