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AD liscences and stats

Am I right in thinking ad liscences work on a concurrent basis (whats the actual name)?

So say you regularly have 500 users connected to your AD concurrently you need a 500 users concurrent liscence?

How can an admin or auditor see how many are connected to an AD at one time, or over a weeks worth of stats to check they have got a lawful liscence?
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CALs come in two flavors: User CAL or Machine CAL.  These describe the maximum number of whatever you want to be able to connect at one time.  Which you choose depends on how you use your network.
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So if you have a 500 cal if 505 try and access does it just say no to the last 5 or is it based on company trust. Is there anyway to see when the 500 is exceeded if its not blocked to gauge just how honest the company has been?
Paul MacDonald

Something like that.  There's a licensing utility in Windows that will tell you how many CALs have been applied to that server and how many are in use.  It should be in the Administrative Tools section.
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We had this issue, and it wasnt as easy to pinpoint that CALs were causing it.

Some users would be able to log in and some would not.  Some could print and some could not.

It caused alot of little quirky issues that took forever to troubleshoot.

Once we applied more user CALs, we were good to go.
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What does a cal retail for? If you buy more (lots) do they become discounted? Or are 500 concurrent 500x what one costs?

So are we saying its impossible to breach what you've paid for? Ie a 500 cal and 700 trying to access concurently just won't happen so there's no need to worry about the it manager lying the technology prevents more access than you've paid for?
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for us it became a problem when we got around the 50-75 CALs that comes with SBS.  It wasnt exactly 50 or 75, but around that number, given that some users login more than once on multiple machines.
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