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By bcheng1877 ·
I have a question regarding Licensing for Servers and Client access. If I were to buy licenses for per seat connection i know i have to buy license for each server and x amount of computers to connect to it. Do i have to buy x amount of computer connection for each server that i have.

Ex: I have a pdc, a bdc, and an nt server. Lets say i have 50 computers. I would buy 3 licenses for the servers. Do i have to buy 50 per seat licenses for 3 servers which brings it to a total of 150 licenses that i have to get?

Please let me know. Thankyou.

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by Kuhlio In reply to Licensing question

The way licensing works is if you have per-seat licensing, then you need only purchase licenses for each PC on your network. Using your example, you would have to buy 50 licenses, and with those 50, they could access any number of servers.

Bottom line: with 50 computers, 3 servers, and per seat licensing, you only need 50 licenses.

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by bcheng1877 In reply to Licensing question

Thankyou for your help.

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by curlergirl In reply to Licensing question

There are two basic types of licensing - per seat and per server. Per seat requires a separate license for each "seat" or workstation; per server requires a separate license for each workstation that will connect to that server. So, if you have x number of workstations that need to connect to multiple servers (i.e., your example), you do your licensing on a per seat basis - one client access license for each workstation on the network, regardless of the number of servers on the network. Thisway, the entire domain or network has a cumulative number of client access licenses - at any one time z number of workstations might be connected to any one server, but each server will allow x number of connections (total number of client access licenses for the entire domain or network). If you have x number of workstations that will connect to Server A and y number of workstations that will connect to a Server B, then you would use per server licensing, but each server would only be allowedthe number of connections it is licensed for. For most domains with multiple servers serving the entire client population, per seat licensing is the best choice - you buy one CAL for each workstation and that's all you need. In your case, this means you need to buy 50 client access licenses and you're done. The selection of per seat or per server licensing is made in License Manager (on your PDC) once and then is in effect for the entire domain. Hope this helps!

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by bcheng1877 In reply to Licensing question

Thankyou for your through analysis to my question. It's very helpful.

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