Per Server, Per Device/User

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Ron, Apr 3, 2006.

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    Ron Guest

    In an environment of 3 Windows Server(s) 2003 with 50 networked
    workstations, which licensing model is more advantageous? Per Server or Per
    Device/User? We don't plan to use web servers at all.

    3 servers will be configured as follows:

    Server1 - AD controller, file/print server
    Server2 - AD controller, file/print server
    Server3 - member of domain, Exch 2003

    If I understand correctly, using per server mode means that we apply 50 CALs
    to the server instead of the workstations/users. So in this case, we'll have
    to purchase a total 150 CALs... 50 CALs for Server1, another 50 for Server2
    and the last 50 CALs for Server3. Is that correct?

    Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
    Ron, Apr 3, 2006
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    AllenM Guest

    About the only reason you would use "per device" is when you have more users
    than you have devices.
    AllenM, Apr 3, 2006
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    Jeff Guest

    Unless you have more then 150 users you would never want to go with per
    server. If there is just one person per workstation then you only need 50
    per user cals. The cal goes with the user no matter what server they
    connect with. Even if you had 10 more servers you wouldn't need to adjust
    your CALS. Per server is good if you just have one server and not all your
    users are on at the same time.
    Jeff, Apr 4, 2006
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    Ron Guest

    Thanks for your reply.

    Ron, Apr 4, 2006
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