Windows SBS 2003 Licencing Question.

Good day,  I have Windows SBS 2003, I am a  CALS newbie.

With SBS 2003, I am  limited to a maximum of 75 CALS.  I only have USER CALS.

At the moment, I have 60 enrolled CALs and a Maximum usage of 49.   Thats means that out of 60 licences, i had 49 users logged on the domain at a given time? Whats will happen if my maximum usage > enrolled licences?

Thanks
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Alan HardistyConnect With a Mentor Co-OwnerCommented:
Yes - you are limited to 75 Users.

You have used 49 out of the 60 you bought and if you go over the 60 - the server will throw up and error message from time to time about exceeding the license count and it may encourage you to buy more CAL's, which could be tricky for SBS 2003!

What won't happen is your server will report you, but you may find the 65th / 66th user cannot access the server if all 65 of the other users are currently logged in to the server at the same time.
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sinister_krisConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Technically, it's a 75 Client Access License (CAL) limit, not a 75 user
limit. There is definitely NO limit to the number of accounts which can
be in AD.

The exact mechanism of counting is not clear because the licensing is
not really enforced by SBS. It's more of a legal / contractual
requirement which must be tracked manually.
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maxalarieAuthor Commented:
So i can  have more than 61 accounts, logged at the same time on the  domain, and everything will be fine?
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Rob WilliamsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I am not sure I understand the question, but if your user count exceeds the number of CAL's added to the SBS by 6 the 6th user will be blocked from accessing server resources. There is is a little "fudge factor" of 5 licenses. It will not block access until you exceed that 5. This is not the same as the 5 licenses that come with SBS, but rather 5 more than the total showing up in the license manager.
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maxalarieAuthor Commented:
Ok great. thank you very much. We are  50 employees here, and most of them are outside the office, (some for months, some for weeks, others for years) working at clients site. So  I should be okay for some time and prepare a Migration plan in the coming weeks.

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Alan HardistyConnect With a Mentor Co-OwnerCommented:
Yep - you should be fine unless you suddenly absorb another company or suddenly start employing lots of new employees.
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maxalarieAuthor Commented:
We  did absorb another company.. We were 40 3 months ago.
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Okay - just no more for a while ; )
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maxalarieAuthor Commented:
Very fast  replies, Thanks for the help.
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