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    Windows Server 2003 Licensing

    If I have a server machine with Windows 2003 Server installed and I have 5 other PCs with WinXP on the network. Do I need to purchase 5 CALS for these PCs to access the server?

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    Re: Windows Server 2003 Licensing

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    Re: Windows Server 2003 Licensing

    Thanks John.

    However, it never says if I have Windows XP on the client PCs already, I still need to pay extra for the CALs.

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    Re: Windows Server 2003 Licensing

    <hr>A separate Windows CAL (of either type) is required for each user or device that accesses or uses the server software on any of your servers.<hr>
    Seems fairly definitive to me - the important thing is that you are accessing the server software from a non-internet route, not what type of operating system you have on the clients.
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    Re: Windows Server 2003 Licensing

    so if in a small network, say 5 users, it makes no economical sense to use the Small Business Server because you have to buy 5 Windows XP, 5 Windows CALs, 1 server software. If I use a peer to peer network, I would have saved the 5 Windows CALs and the server licenses.

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    Re: Windows Server 2003 Licensing

    I suppose it is the usual cost/benefit calculation. If you think the facilities are worth the money, then buy the licences! (Perhaps the SBS server comes with a small number of free CALs in your territory?)
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    Re: Windows Server 2003 Licensing

    Hi,

    I think that you two are aasking about different things here.

    If you want to connect your XP PCs to a network via a server, you do not need CALs.

    If you want to access software on the server (ie via terminal services) then you need CALs to allow that connection. Windows Server 2003 comes with 5 CALs. We run ours in a per server mode so that we only have 5 PCs connected at one time even though we have more than 5 PCs on the network.

    Does this clear it up and make it a more economical proposition?

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    Re: Windows Server 2003 Licensing

    so if I access the server strictly for file/printer sharing, I do NOT have to buy any CALs? That is a relief.

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    Re: Windows Server 2003 Licensing

    More research has come up with Understanding Client Access Licences, where Jim Boyce says it rather better than can I...
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