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MS2k Server Licensing (I'm Confused)

By Able-Admin ·
I currently have a Windows 2000 Server PDC with the orig. OEM licese key ect.. that it came with from Gateway. Now that I want to add a BDC I'm confused as to whether or not I need to buy another copy of W2k Server or If I can use the same disk that I used for the PDC and just buy a new Cd key or License key....whatever...

Please help..I'm tired, confused, and dont want to waste my money.


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tired, confused and financially restrict

by CurtisInterruptus In reply to MS2k Server Licensing (I' ...

I understand your feelings. I have a similar problem. If you have a server that handles email (pop3 and smtp), do you have to purchase a "license" for EACH machine that will be "popping" email from it? MS needs to simplify their licensing for us poor, tired, confused and financially restricted admins.... I will be watching this for answers.


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by timwalsh In reply to MS2k Server Licensing (I' ...

There are 2 types of licenses you need to be concerned about:

1. The OS License. You need a LICENSE for each server on which you have Win2K Server installed. A License does not necessarily mean physical media (CD). If you already own one copy, you can go to a Microsoft Authorized Reseller and buy just a License for a second copy. This is slightly less expensive than buying a full copy of the software. On the Microsoft Website a full copy of Win2K Server with 5 CALs costs $999.00 (smallest package MS sells). A Win2K Server License Pack (only a License, no media or manuals) costs $871.00.

2. The Client Access License (CAL). There are 2 CAL licensing modes - Per-server and Per-seat. Per-server mode requires a CAL for each concurrent connection on each server in your network. Per-seat mode requires a CAL for each client computer physically connected to the network regardless of number of servers. The mode you choose greatly depends on how your business operates. CALs average between $35.00 to $40.00 each depending on how many you buy at a time (usually in groups of 5).

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