Windows Server 2008 or 2012 CALS

Posted on 2012-09-14
Last Modified: 2012-10-12
We are getting ready to swap out our current windows server 2003 domain controller to a more updated 2008 or 2012 server. This will be a new server install that will join the domain and then be promoted to DC. If the server is only performing DHCP, DNS and AD, do I need to purchase CALS? This probably a complete newbie question but I am unsure how many CALS our current system has and if they would transfer over...
Question by:vpegany
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    there are certain requirements .. which are changing with 2012 somewhat.
    But most generally with a server you will need CALS.

    They will function without them properly, but not legally.

    here's a link to do some reading.
    You'll find that CAL is required per user, depending on your 'edition'... if you have more than 25 users/devices.
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    the answer is yes, you have to buy cal for 2012 standard because 2008 version is now replaced by 2012 version, but you can downgrade it to 2008 if you want

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