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How can I get more SBS 2003 CALs?

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Hey guys,

We need to purchase 2003 CALs for a server but I can only find SBS 2011 CALs on Microsofts website. I have heard that 2011 SBS CALS are backwards compatible with 2008....what about 2003? Can I purchase 2011 CALs for 2011 and use them on a 2003 SBS?
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Cliff Galiher earned 2000 total points
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You will have to put in a call to MS after you purchase your CALs to get 2003 keys. 2008 and 2011 CALs don't come with the product keys that 2003 requires as part of the CAL installation process. But yes, you can purchase 2011 CALs and exercise downgrade rights to run on 2003.

-Cliff
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Thank you

Will we be able to use those 2011 CALS in the future if we upgrade to 2011 or do we lose that when we downgrade?

Can (And where can) I purchase and receive the keys through e-mail? I want to install these CALs today if possible.
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It'll require a call to MS VL department. I cannot speak to their call volume at the moment.  ;)

As far as the rest, you should be able to use your 2011 CALs for SBS 2011 (but not your older 2003 CALs) as long as they aren't in use simultaneously on 2003 and 2011. the 2003 server would have to be retired.

As always though, MS is the final authority on this as well. Since you have to call them anyways, I'd just call MS and get documented answers to your questions. As far as purchasing, plenty of resellers offer open VL CALs. CDW, SoftwareOne, smaller specialty shops. Bing shopping is your friend...

-Cliff
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awesome

appreciate your answers
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