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My IT budget has never been that big and not too long ago I got the approval to get a back up server (with an extremely small price tag). We currently use windows 2003 as our Domain Controller but when I connect the new 2008 Foundation server as a root to the DC, I get the lovely "Exceeds the 15 user limit" message. I am looking at doing all I can to keep myself from scratching and begging to get the additional approval to get upgrade to Standard and the apprx number of CALs we would need.

I have one idea that I think would work. The old Domain has a lot of users that have not been in the company for years so I have been thinking that I could delete a lot of the old users and then consolidate users into one user account (example moving 2 accounting users into one "Accounting" user.) They would each log into their computers with the same username. This would only be a temporary solution until I can get the approval to increase my IT budget.

Do you think that this could work? Do you have a better idea? Or am I stuck trying to get the approval for the additional funds?


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1. It is ilegal and you wil corupted EULA

2. IT will technically work

3. CAL is client access license so not for created USERs but for Cruently accessedn and used any of servers services (DNS, DC, FILESERVER ...)
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Thank you, that is what I was thinking on the Legality of it. I really don't want to do it.

Thanks for better explanation of CAL.

Another question, If I used the server also to store the Antivirus console and just timed the departments to update at different times then I could get by with having a lower number of CAL.  Is that correct?

We have approximately 30ish users but the only software that will be on this server will be our inventory management, Antivirus Console, Network Activity Monitor and maybe a very limited VPN. What would you approximate the number of Cal I would need? I doubt we would have more than 8-10 people using the inventory manager at one time.
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EULA primary tells about windows server services there is lot of polemic about other apps but usually other apps with you connect app to app no app tu windows server don't need to have CAL.

So if you access file server you need cal but if you conect to serivce like application is doing something on server but then transmit it to other app by net is not truly using server services.

But read more about cals http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Client_access_license
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