SBS2003 with device access cals - can we remove old devices?

Morning All,

We have an old system here running on SBS2003 and some old Windows XP machines have been upgraded to Windows 7 however now sometimes we get the warning that too many users / not enough licenses are available to use network resources.

Can we remove the old computers from the device calls list as they are no longer used or is that cal tied to that old device forever?

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Cliff GaliherCommented:
SBS does a "best effort" form of CAL tracking.  From the time it boots, it uses things like MAC addresses to decide of the device is new and if it thinks it is then it increases the device count by one.  Each time the server is rebooted, the counter starts at zero.  With users this is not always accurate as system accounts will sometimes get counted, but for device CALs, it is rarely off by much, if at all.  As such, if you are seeing errors, it either means you haven't rebooted in a long time (never a good idea, as you should still be patching regularly) or you really are probably exceeding device licensing.

But no, while a device is "assigned" a CAL on paper, SBS doesn't associate them that way so no specific steps need be taken to reassign a CAL from an old device to a new from the SBS perspective.  You should still be tracking that in your network documentation though for audit and accountability purposes.

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phoenix81Author Commented:
I dont think it has actually been rebooted in months so that is probably the problem.

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