CAL's, SBS 2008, adding new machines, user/pc limits? etc etc
Posted on 2016-07-27
For whatever reason we have an SBS 2008 se but only have about 50 of our Windows PCs on the domain. We have about 70 more Windows PCs that are not on the domain. I was thinking it had something to do with not wanting to buy CAL's... but I think I heard somewhere that if a PC has a Windows 7 Pro license than that basically includes the CAL... is that right?
I think they are is also a thing about how SBS 2008 is only meant for up to a certain number of users .... But maybe something newly actually kind of low like 75.... I'm not sure if this is a hard limit or if it just had to do with what they expected a server to be able to handle . (Though it seems like the latter would be based completely on the server specs not the version of Windows )
Anyway, long story short I'm trying to figure out if I can join the rest of the PCs to the domain.... one huge thing I think we have on our side is the fact that 50-70 of these PCs are call center agent PCs.... They don't have any office software on them... They don't access any file sharers.... and they can all be logged into with a single user. (agents just use putty/ssh or a web browser to access what they need to do calling). Also we don't use exchange anymore... We use Google for email.... So really at this point the SBS server is just a domain server, file server, DNS and DHCP.
what do people think will I have any problems? is it correct that Windows 7 Pro includes a CAL? Do I need to worry about number of users or number of PC limits in SBS 2008?
As far as hardware goes the server itself was recently analyzed and even at peak hours it's running like 5% CPU, 100 iops, and it has 48GB of RAM which is way more than it really needs. So the hardware can definitely handle WAY more load.