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Hi, we currently have sbs 2011 std and we want to install a secondary or additional domain controller on server 2012. Is it good to install secondary domain on server 2012 in sbs 2011 environment?
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Yes. Users will require 2012 CALs in addition to SBS CALs though. Be aware of that expense.

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Are you sure about CAL's because we never heard or used CAL's when did secondary addition from 2012 to 2012, it never even asked to add any CAL's either.
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Yes, I am sure. SBS CALs are required in an SBS environment. And SBS 2011 CALs only cover additional 2008 R2 and older servers. This is not dissimilar to introducing any other new version into an older environment. If all your servers were 2012 R2, and you had 2012 CALs, your first 2016 server would require purchasing 2016 CALs too.  Older CALs have never covered newer server versions.

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Reason I asked is because we already have 3 servers with 2012 working in the environment and we were planning to make one of them a secondary domain controller.
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Then unless you have 2012 CALs, chances are you've been in an illegal state for some time already.

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The question was different and you have taken it into different direction and well the question still remain unanswered.
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My first reply answered the original question with an additional explanation. You have then been asking follow-up questions, which I have also answered. The original question WAS answered. I didn't take anything in a different direction.
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The points should not have gone to me alone.   Cliff provided the answer in his first post.
You seemed to be getting confused by the additional, necessary information Cliff was providing, so I simply restated what Cliff had already pointed out

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