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Taino2000

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Hi,
just wanted to ask a question?

If I am running 100 computers with windows7 Professional, do I need to have 100 server licenses to operate these, or can I access anything on a server using domains, policies and sharing authentications, with only 5 cals on three servers?
 

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If I am running 100 computers with windows7 Professional, do I need to have 100 server licenses to operate these
You need a Windows 7 Professional license for each computer.

or can I access anything on a server using domains, policies and sharing authentications, with only 5 cals on three servers?
Depends on the license term for the particular application. In this discussion of Client Access License I find the paragraph:

Some Microsoft Server products[which?] require one CAL per concurrent connection, whereby one CAL is required for each unique client connection at any point in time. For example, consider a small business network where the computers are used by ten people, but there are never more than five people on site using the computers at any one time. In this scenario, only five CALs are needed. However, some of Microsoft's products[which?] and licensing modes[which?] require a CAL for each unique client regardless of how many will be connecting at any single point in time.[2] Some of Microsoft's server software programs do not require CALs at all, as is the case of Windows Server Web Edition.
 

Taino2000

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Thank you TerryNet.

The truth is this will be for a small business, the wording was a little off. these 100 computers each have a Win7 Pro. license, but I will be using the services from my servers example, Exchange and Databases/SQL. Can I accomplish this using a domain service, where each client has his/her own domain name to access these files. Thank You
 

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How are the servers licensed? Microsoft SQL Server can be licensed per processor or CAL. A CAL license will run over $15,000. A processor license for a single processor server would be about $7,000. Exchange has its own licensing model. Windows Server, also its own license. With 100 users, I suggest you have a chat with a Microsoft sales rep to check into volume licensing, support / software assurance, and possibly hosted services.
 

Taino2000

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Thanks to all. I now have a base and understanding of the other elements to look into.
 
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