share folders in a workgroup environment with windows 2008/2012 with win xp, win 7 pcs

to share folders in a workgroup environment on windows 2008/2012 server with xp and win 7 pcs
- is there additional client licensing that we need to purchase?
- heard there are some software for workgroup folder sharing, are these recommended?
- considerations we need to do when implementing?
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KimputerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If the files reside on the server, you still need User or Device CALs, even if it's not a domain. As per MS documents "every device/user that accesses your
server", it does not state how (workgroup/domain).
If files are located on the PC's, that's another matter of course.
Also, servers with OEM installation, already include 5 CALs, you need to buy more if you go over 5 PC's accessing the server. Servers installed from Volume Licensing, start with 0 CALs.
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
You don't need any additional software - you can share folder workgroup fashion sing the built in Share and NTFS permissions just as you would on a workstation.
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Brian PierceConnect With a Mentor PhotographerCommented:
If you elect to go for workgroup style sharing, rather than using Active Directory, then you will need to create accounts on the local machines and on the server an manually set and synchronise the passwords,
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Jason WatkinsConnect With a Mentor IT Project LeaderCommented:
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