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Server CALS with windows server 2008 r2

Posted on 2010-09-22
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If we purchase 2 servers with windows server 2008 r2 and 40 people will be connecting to both, do i only need 40 CALS?
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yes you need 40 user CAL's
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So i only need 1 CAL for each version of windows server, is that correct?
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you need to install the server in "per user" of "per device" Mode.

If you install the server "Per Server" mode, you can need up to 80 CAL's (other type), depending on how many users are connected on the same time to how many servers.

More information on http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/client-licensing.aspx

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no you need one cal per user or Device.  so if you have 40 users but only 30 Machines because 10 of them are floating employees then you need to buy 30 Device CALS.  Now if you have 40 users but 50 machines you can buy only 40 user cals.  One cal can access any number of servers.
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this is from the microsoft site (is about user and device CAL's):

A separate Windows CAL (of either type) is required for each user or device that accesses or uses the server software on any of your servers.

in this sentense the word "any" is important.
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program.  See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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