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By mmrchip ·
We are a small non-profit organization with currently 12 computers on a network. Most of the computers store their own data, we all share the same database and connect to the internet through one of the computers. The computers run windows 95 or 98. We are looking to go to Windows 2000 server but don't understand the licensing. Do we need a license for each computer or only the server. Currently we have MS office on each individual computer, is there an advantage to all running off the server and do we need a special license or version for that. What is the best solution?

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by bohicam1 In reply to Network Solution

The way licencing works is this...you buy deoending on how you need access to the server. You can buy "per seat" licencing which means you buy one for each machine on the network. You can also buy "server" licences which means, if only a certain amount of your puters connect at any one time to the server, only that many licences are purchased. For example, you have 12 puters, if 6 are online at any one time, you purchase only 6 licences thereby saving you some money. As for MS Office, you can keep things the way they are or you can place it on the server and have it available to the other puters through terminal services. This requires additional software and cost. You mention you are a non-profit organization, you can apply to microsoft for free licencing, I have never done that before but I understand it is available for non-profit org's.
Good luck!

Mike

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by Joshua1 In reply to Network Solution

There's two pieces to the licensing: Server and Clients. *Step 1* You buy a Windows 2000 Server license for about $800. That license enables you to install W2k Server on a machine.
*Step 2* is to license the client PC's that will access the server with Client Access Licenses (CAL). When you buy W2k Server, you can buy it with CALs or buy the CALs individually. For example, you would buy W2k Server w/ 10 CALs, then purchase 2 additional CALs to license 12 PC's to access the server. Take a look at this page, it explains licensing and CALs: http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/server/howtobuy/pricing/default.asp
MS Office is completely un-related to the Server/Client licensing. As mentioned above, I believe non-profit orgs have different pricing options.

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by mmrchip In reply to Network Solution

So if I put windows 2000 on my server and I use it only for file sharing I need to purchase a license for each client?

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by Joshua1 In reply to Network Solution

RE: "So if I put windows 2000 on my server and I use it only for file sharing I need to purchase a license for each client?"
That's *exactly* what I'm saying. From Microsoft: "You need a server license for each server within a Windows 2000 Server-based network and a Windows 2000 Server Client Access License (CAL) for each client computer that is used by an authenticated user or that uses Windows 2000 Server Services."
If you don't believe me, why not check it out from Microsoft? http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/server/howtobuy/pricing/model.asp

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by Joshua1 In reply to Network Solution

The URL above wound up w/ a space in it at pricing. The appropriate URL shouldn't have that space: http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/server/howtobuy/pricing/model.asp

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by Joshua1 In reply to Network Solution

Bizarre....just remove the space between the 'n' and the 'g'. Don't know why the space keeps appearing.

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by mmrchip In reply to Network Solution

Thank you for you help.

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