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Hi There,

I just need something clearing up about how SBS2003 Cals are assigned. I was wondering if:

1. When a user connects via VPN to the server does this use up a Cal?
2. Does the server logged in with an Admin account use a Cal?
3. Does a Nokia phone connecting to a users mailbox use a Cal?

Thanks!

David
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SBS CALs are per user.

1) yes
2) yes
3) Exchange is requesting Directory service access for that user so in turn yes it would use a CAL
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Per user SBS2003 CALs:

1) yes;
2) yes;
3) yes.

Every connected USER will use ONE CAL.

For example:
User A uses ftp, smb, web-mail - ONE CAL used;
User B uses vpn, Outlook - ONE CAL used;
User C uses Outlook - ONE CAL used.

So every authorized user connection uses ONE CAL and it doesn't matter how many services are used by this authorized user.
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Microsoft licensing 101 as explained to me:

user=human  -  so if you are using user cal licensing and have 10 users connecting from 20 computers and 10 phones then you need 10 user CALS

device=anything not human   -   so if you are using device cal licensing and have 10 users connecting from 20 computers you would need 20 device CALS

If you have about the same number of users and devices it is fairly moot which licensing mode you use BUT if you have a big imbalance (such as 100 users connecting from 20 devices) then it make a big impact.

more 2008 info here http://www.microsoft.com/sbs/en/us/pricing.aspx
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Ok thanks everyone, all usefull answers.
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