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By dhamm ·
I have just taken on a part-time contract job as Sys Admin for my church, and need some help w/ SBS. The most pressing problem: although Access is not installed on the server, it has been installed on several of the 20+ machines. However, only a fewpeople are able to access a shared database - the rest get "no licenses available". How are licenses tracked if the app is not installed from the server? Forgive my naiveness, but this is a brand-new area for me (I have only done one simple Linux-based server network before.)

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by Slora In reply to MS Small Business Server ...

The server keeps a limit on the number of concurrent users that can access files. This limit should match the number of client access licenses you own.

The following MS KB article gives instructions for manually raising the limit on your concurrent connections, to allow all of your users to access the server:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q214/8/44.ASP

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by curlergirl In reply to MS Small Business Server ...

SBS tracks licenses for its packaged programs (i.e., client access licenses for the NT server itself, Exchange, Fax Server, Modem Server, etc.), but it does not track licenses for applications like Office. So, my guess is that the message you are receiving is referring to NT or Exchange licenses, not Access licenses. Are these users having any other problems accessing the server? Any error messages when logging on or when just trying to browse shared folders on the server? This sounds crazy,but if they do, make sure your Exchange server software is on Service Pack 3, not 2. I had a situation where I struggled for literally days to get one new workstation up and running and kept getting "no licenses" messages. I had removed the old workstation from the network before replacing it, so there should have been a free license. I was getting messages that it was unable to find the DHCP server, too, so I thought it was a NIC or hub issue. When I finally gave up and called Microsoft they said, believe it or not, that it was a problem with Exchange server SP2 not releasing the license. Once I upgraded to SP3 everything was fine. If none of this applies, post again with the results and I'll try to think of something else!

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by McKayTech In reply to MS Small Business Server ...

SBS is kind of a different animal and behaves differently from other Microsoft server products. If the Access database lives on the server, it needs a Client Access License (CAL) to attach to it.

The first thing I would check is to make sure that you have enough Client Access Licenses to cover all your users. The basic product only comes with 5 CALs and unlike other Microsoft server products, there is actually an install procedure for additional CALs.

If this installation of SBS was originally an SBS-v4.0 installation, it may have been upgraded with the free upgrade offered by Microsoft late last year (a free upgrade to v4.5 was offered rather than fixing the Y2K bugs in v4.0). If so, you may just need to upgrade the client licenses from the original installation.

Best wishes...

paul

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by stuff In reply to MS Small Business Server ...

My guess is that 'afew people are able to access' means '5 people are able to access', as has already been mentioned this is the number of CALs that are supplied with SBS. I'm sure that a church would want the correct number of CALs installed, if you have and are still having this problem, try temporarily pausing or disabling the License Logging Service, if this then allows all users access your License database is incorrect...

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by dhamm In reply to MS Small Business Server ...

Sorry - should have provided this info: SBS was bought with 25 licenses, and currently has 24 users enrolled and signing on. The users are not doing much shared folder accessing, but have not reported any problems doing so. Everyone is able to print, copy files, etc. Which is why the Access problem is so puzzling - it seems to be the only app. with this "No license available" message.
There ARE widespread errors regarding a "cliof" file upon bootup on several machines (again, not on all machines - #$%!!), but I assume that is a separate SBS issue. Any more ideas?

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