Maximum number of users in SBS2003?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Mobster, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. Mobster

    Mobster Guest

    The question is really simple. Is there one? I know the OS was built for
    up to, say 50 users, but is it theoratically possible to add 500 users?

    I have the following situation. We want to give all of our customers a
    mail address and OWA so that they can check their email on the local
    server. Our experience is that users check this account about 1 time per
    month and it will only accept text message, no big attachments etc. The
    hardware can take this kind of traffic and storage but can I create 500
    users on SBS 2003? They will never use the rest of the network. It's
    just for creating a mailaccount.

    Thanks in advance.
    Mobster, Jul 18, 2005
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  2. While you can create 500 user accounts, this usage of SBS would not be
    legal. Each customer would need a user CAL, of which you can only have 75.

    Only if all 500 user accounts accessed SBS from shared PCs located within
    your office (upto 75, using device CALs) could the scenario be legal.
    Steve Foster [SBS MVP], Jul 18, 2005
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  3. Mobster

    Rick F Guest

    Does the PC have to be located in your office? I thought the licensing works
    even it the device was a home computer or a remote office.
    I had a situation that the home office only had 10 users and they had 10
    remote locations. Each remote location had 10 people but only ONE computer.
    Total of 110 people but I only purchased 20 CALs (10 Users/10 Devices).
    That was legal wasn't it?

    Rick F
    Rick F, Jul 19, 2005
  4. I used "office" in the loose sense of meaning their own corporate
    premises, whether contained in one physical location or multiple
    locations. Your scenario is perfectly valid.
    Steve Foster [SBS MVP], Jul 19, 2005
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