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Windows Server 2003/2008 Printer CALS

Hi there,

In a Windows server 2003 or 2008, must I also have CALS for my network printers? If yes or no, in what circumstances?

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Thanks for your help,
Rene
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8/22/2022 - Mon
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For an licensing questions you should contact the licenser or an authorized dealer. No is qualified on EE to answer questions properly about any software if you were audited by the licenser and you stated you got  your licensing information from EE you would not have a leg to stand on.

Now that said any connection you a server you need a CAL for including printers
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Thanks guys.

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Rene
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dariusg, can you cite specifically what on those pages make you believe a printer requires a CAL?
Lee W, MVP

In your first link, I could only find "printer" twice -
For example, in order for ten users to connect to a Windows Server to access shared printers and folders, you need to purchase ten Windows CALs. Windows Server keeps track of the connections by computer, so multiple concurrent connections from one computer count only against one license. For example, you could open four shared folders and use two shared printers concurrently, and this would count as one connection rather than six.
According to this person, you need to purchase ten Windows CALs - there are no such thing.  He may have simply forgot the word "User" CALs, so if we assume that's what he meant, then we have 10 CALs for the users and the printers and shared folders have none.

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==>dariusg
Following your first link. I will actually not need a Device CAL since we have User CALS here. We also dont have a multi-function device that uploads scanned images, such as a pdf, to a server share using authentication.

http://www.microsoft.com/sbs/en/us/faq.aspx

Q.  Does my printer or multi-function device require a CAL to connect to the Windows Small Business Server network?

A.  
 If you have elected “user CALs” then no CAL is required for the printer or multi-function device.  If you have elected “device CALs” then the printer or multi-function device would need to have a device CAL, as the networked printer is accessing an instance of the server software.  The most common scenario where you would need a CAL is when you have a multi-function device that uploads scanned images, such as a pdf, to a server share using authentication.

Thanks again to you all for your contribution.

Cheers,
Rene