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SBS 2003 CALs?

Posted on 2013-06-25
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Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone knew of a place where I could get some legitimate SBS 2003 CALs, I have a server that is over the limit due to some recent growth in the company and certain users can't connect to Exchange due to the licensing being over the limit.  I have a key that I can use to put an additional 25 CALs on the server but I don't want to use that until they actually purchase the licenses.  I had heard that you can buy server 2008 CALs and downgrade them to 2003, but what I'm wondering is if that's still the case and if there would be any kind of issues trying to use a 2008 CAL for SBS 2003.  Any links or help is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
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This reference:
http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/24953-do-windows-server-2008-cals-work-for-2003-r2-as-well

seems to imply you are correct and that downgrade rights apply.
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If you want "legitimate" CALs then yes, you need to newer CALs and downgrade. 2003 CALs have long been off the market. Regarding downgrade rights, the newer CALs don't come with 2003 keys, so buy VL and call MS to get older keys. If you buy OEM, you'll get the runaround between the reseller and MS.
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Well I have a key already that will add 25 CALs to the server, so it would seem that as long as the client pays for 25 server 2008 CALs they're in the clear?

EDIT: 20 CALs, my bad
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Licensing is an odd beast. If it were me, I'd contact MS and get documented downgrade keys to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.
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