Newbie - How do I tell what type of licence - user or device CAL currently installed?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by David Smithz, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. David Smithz

    David Smithz Guest

    On SBS 2003 how do I know if currently a per device or per user licence is
    in place? I can see that I have 5 but it does not say which type and I never
    originally installed the server.

    E.g. MS website says

    "Q. How do I know which mode I have selected?

    A. For the first 5 CALs that come with the server, you should complete the
    CAL license document. There is a field for writing in whether you would like
    to choose per user or per device CALs. For CAL add-on packs there are
    separate SKUs for per user and per device."

    As I did not originally install the server this means nothing to me. I know
    there are about 20 user accounts (mostly dormant from people testing the and
    playing around) and about 10 PC's listed in Active directory. I know they
    have 5 Cal licence ( and in realistic there are only 5 people in the
    so should they of been only about to create 5 accounts?

    If you go for the user CAL's does this mean one should only be able to
    create the amount of accounts that are in the licence, or does it mean there
    can only be that limit of currently connected accounts?

    Any help appreciated.

    Kind regards

    David Smithz, Jun 13, 2006
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    Mark Berry Guest

    From what I have been reading today as I researched another question:

    1. The type of CAL is not recorded in the server. They're supposed to write
    it down when they first decide which one to implement.

    2. There is no link between CALs and Active Directory users or computers.

    You might find the transcript from this presentation useful (click on "Read
    the transcript from this event" at the bottom):

    Mark Berry, Jun 13, 2006
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  3. Hi David,

    Thanks for posting here.

    From your post, I understand that you want to know the current type of the
    license in Windows SBS server. If I am off base, please feel free to let me

    Based on my knowledge, unfortunately, I am afraid there isn't any built-in
    tool to review the current type of license. For the first 5 CALs, the type
    of license in Windows SBS server has been determined when you buy the
    product. If you forgot it, I suggest you contact license office for further
    support. You can call 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through
    Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft
    licensing specialist.

    I hope the above information helps and thank you for your understanding.

    Have a nice day.

    Best Regards,

    Steven Zhu
    Microsoft Online Partner Support
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