SBS 2008 user addition


we need some more users added to our network. I know how to do this from the SBS server. I have been sent a quote by our support company saying that they will charge for the additional users.

I was confident that you didn't need to pay for additional users, you can just add and remove as you wish? no licences to purchase?

I assumed this worked the same way as active directory users and computers in that I don't need a to pay for additional users.

the cost could be just for the work they are carrying out but then it seems very high. they also list it as 5 x users and 1 x users. as if to say you purchase 5 and 1?

please advise!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Check the number of CAL's required and make sure you have enough. CAL's are the "parts" cost.

For adding a user to AD that is essentially the same as another user (minor variations), it takes 15 or 20 minutes. You can easily do 3 per hour of work and more than likely more.

There was no attachment, but divide the number of users to be added by 3 and multiply by their billing rate to give you a decent cost for the work.

I do this for clients and it is not expensive or difficult work (if all you are doing is adding AD users).
peggiegregAuthor Commented:
sorry the attachment is emended but I will attach it again to this reply!

how do I check the number of CAL's we already have? a few people have probably left, can we recycle these CAL'S?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to check the licensing information you got with the CAL's. To the best of my knowledge, if there are enough, you do not need to recycle them.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
I guess how many CALs do you have for sbs?  I believe SBS2008 comes with 5 SBS CALs as a standard.  So if you are adding 6 people to your SBS environment you would want 6 SBS CALs.  CALs are only sold like 1, 5, 20 packs.  

CALs (Client Access License) are required for each user connecting to your server environment.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
SBS 2008 requires all users have Client Access Licenses (CALs).  As far as I know, all editions of SBS 2008 came with 5 CALs.  If you have any more users (potentially devices; depending on how you license) than that, you need to buy more CALs.

CALs are transferable once every 90 days.  You CANNOT re-assign the CAL every day to a different user.  The only exception to the CAL transfer rule is if the employee is terminated from employment and replaced. CALs are NOT accounts.  CALs represent Human Beings that are authorized to access resources on your network (or in the case of DEVICE CALs, they represent computers, phones, tablets, etc, that are authorized to connect to your network).  CALs are not installed.  They are DOCUMENTED.  In most cases CALs are a one time fee. SBS CALs permit access to Server 2008 and all earlier editions of Windows Server.  *IF* you were to add a Server 2012 system, you would need to purchase Windows Server 2012 CALs IN ADDITION to the SBS CALs.  Server 2012 CALs cannot be used to access SBS 2008 resources - SBS CALs are different from standard server CALs.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
there was a missing word in my comment. Please note i have edited and bolded the word that i added.
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