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Windows 2003 Terminal server CALs

Discussion in 'Networking' started by StumpedTechy, Apr 28, 2006.

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  1. StumpedTechy

    StumpedTechy Thread Starter

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    We have to setup terminal services for about 20 people. Only 10 people will be connected at any time.

    Does this mean I only need 10 User CAL's or do I need 20 User CAL's 1 for each connection even though only 10 will be in use at any given time.

    I don't want to use Per device because these users jump around.
     
  2. matt_aj

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    I believe that "per user" is just how many people are connected... Not how many people do connect. That is the way that I always assumed. I know that 2000 didn't care... The licenses were just a piece of paper.

    Device-based versus User-based Terminal Server CALs
    Two types of Terminal Server Client Access Licenses are available: TS Device CAL or TS User CAL.

    • A TS Device CAL permits one device (used by any user) to conduct Windows Sessions on any of your servers.

    • A TS User CAL permits one user (using any device) to conduct Windows Sessions on any of your servers.


    You may choose to use a combination of TS Device CALs and TS User CALs simultaneously with the server software.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/ts2003.mspx
     
  3. StumpedTechy

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    Hrmmm wonder why they would even offer a device type of CAL if its just how many are connected at one time.... Not like (in most cases) 1 computer is going to have 2 connections from 2 different people.... Thats where I am getting confused.
     
  4. matt_aj

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    I understand the confusion... I would try to contact a sales rep.
     
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