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Exchange 2003 Cals needed for Private or Public mail-enable

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Hi,
Can you clarify all the pros and cons between using a private mailbox for a generic group or a mail enable folder public folder in Exchange 2003.
I know that you need to have cals for a private mailbox...
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Hello,

CALs are not assigned per mailbox, they are assigned per user. You need the same number of CALs whether you choose to use a mailbox or public folder. Which you choose to use depends on a number of factors. I would need to know your exact use case to make a recommendation.

-JJ
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Exchange 2003 CALs are pretty easy - user = CAL.
Therefore if you are using shared mailboxes then you don't need a CAL.
Not that you can buy CALs any longer for Exchange 2003.

Exchange 2003 Public Folder is pretty much one way traffic. If you want to be able to have sent items stored for the folder, switch to a mailbox.

Simon.
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But to create a shared mailbox in 2003, you need to create a user for this so that raise your number of user call? Like if I need a Accounting mailbox, you need to create a user name Accounting? So there you need a cal more.
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by:Jamie McKillop
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CALs are not assigned per AD user account. They are assigned per real human "user".

-JJ
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How would they count "real human user" to see if we are compliant (always for 2003)?
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If you were ever audited, they would look at the number of employees you have on staff, contractors who have access to your systems, etc. For the most part, software licensing is on the honor system.

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