I am new to setting up a Windows Server

By jibboo23 ·
I have a question regarding Windows server 2003. I have never worked with Windows Server 2003, and am going to be installing it for a small business. They currently have 12 workstations. If I install Windows Server 2003 in Per Server Mode, does that mean that only 5 of these work stations can access the server at one time. And if I set it up in Per Server mode, I am unclear how the Licensing goes. DO I only need the license key for windows server 2003 and the other pc's have XP, so that have their licenses. please help

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Licensing can be tricky

by tmalo627 In reply to I am new to setting up a ...

The way to install it depends on the needs of the company. From your description, I'm assuming that there were no CAL's (Client Access License) purchased in addition to the standard 5-pack that usually comes with it.

If all the client computers need to access the server at the same time for shared files, printers, or other network resources, you should purchase enough CAL's for every client computer and install it under "Per User/Per Device." If only 5 need to be connected at any given time, you can go with the "Per Server" mode. This is usually more of a hassle than it's worth.

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Hope this helps.

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To add to tmalo's suggestions...

by CG IT In reply to Licensing can be tricky

think of CALs this way, User = per Seat or device= Per server.

Device CALs allow devices to connect to the server and only that server.

User CALs allow users to connect to multiple servers.

1 server= device CALs
2 servers = User CALs

20 users require 15 CALs in addition to the 5 already built in. 12 users require 7 additonal CALs to the 5 built in. You can buy them individually, pack of 5/25/ etc. I think they did away with the pack of 10

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