microsoft licensing

Posted on 2011-10-21
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Right now we are running windows 2003 domain with exchange 2003.  We plan to upgrade this budget year to exchange 2010 on a windows 2008 server.  

But according to our salesguy we cannot simply buy exchange 2010 with exchange cals for our users but we also need to buy windows 2008 cals.  He says if we have a 2008 box even on our 2003 domain we need 2008 cals.  Is this correct?  I thought having the 2003 cals with the domain allows a user to connect to any item on that domain, including 2008 servers.

I really hate licensing.
Question by:lrpage
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    The salesguy is correct.
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    by:Cris Hanna
    How many users in your orgnaization?  Fewer than 75?  if so, you go with SBS 2011 which gets you Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2011 and well as some other great tools.  You will still need CALs but you can buy SBS cals and it covers everything

    But yes if you stay with the standard products, you need CALs for each "server" product, Windows Server, Exchange Server, etc
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    Sales person is correct. Having Windows 2003 CALs means that you can connect to any Windows 2003 or lower server. They do not license you to connect to a NEWER version of the product. By your logic you could upgrade to Exchange 2010 and still use your Exchange 2003 CALs, particularly if you kept the Exchange 2003 server.
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    Exchange 2010: Editions and Versions

    About Licensing

    One of the reason to go for the E2010 and W2k8 licences would be:
    - E2010 can be installed only on W2k8 servers
    Exchange 2010 System Requirements
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    ok thank you all for the bad news.  guess I need to talk to the powers that be to increase the budget for this project.
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    For what it is worth, I did the math a few years ago and outsourced exchange.  I came out WAY ahead on hardware/software cost alone, plus have zero headaches when it comes to support and dealing with those dreaded patches.

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