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NT Server-Do I Really Need User Licenses

By Rsquared ·
Our company has a small peer-to-peer network using a server running NT 4.0 workstation for file sharing and minimal security. We are also running Client Access for an AS400. We want to begin using VPN with the internet, and upgrading to NT Server seems the most cost effective way to go. What does a User License do for each workstation? Do I need them to run the network as I do now? Do I need them to run VPN? Do I really need a license for each and every workstation? Several questions, but all intertwined. Thanks for your responses.

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by rick_b In reply to NT Server-Do I Really Nee ...

When you set up the NT Server, you will be asked for license information such as per seat or per server. You have to pick whats best for you. NT server can be bought with 10 client licenses and you can always buy more when you need them. When you buy more user licenses you won't have to enter any information into the server as far as license numbers, you just have to tell the server how many license you in fact own.
(It's in the control panel, license manager)You will need a user license for every station, this will allow the station access to all the services you allow by permissions(ie printers,folders and shares.)

If you subscribe to the TechPro Guild on this web site, you can learn alot about NT quickly.

Email me if you need anything further.

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by dmiles In reply to NT Server-Do I Really Nee ...

User license are the authorization to load the software and use it on the machine,this is the basic setup for Microsoft to make money,if software is loaded on the machine per the application that is specified for (5)then installation over the limit your company can be held liable for pirating the software.
No you donot need it to run the network.
Yes,you will need the license for each workstation and you can purchase the license by groups.

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by McKayTech In reply to NT Server-Do I Really Nee ...

You've already received correct information on the need for CALs (Client Access Licenses) for NT Server so I won't belabor that point.

I'm not sure what the size of your network is, but if you're at 15 users or more, you might find that a hardware VPN solution is , more stable, easier to set up and less expensive than NT Server with the appropriate number of CALs.

regards!

paul

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by Pandon In reply to NT Server-Do I Really Nee ...

This question is actually more involved then it seems...
1) Per server vs. per seat... per server lets you have x number of computers accessing a specific server at any one time... and per seat, you must have a license for every computer that willconnect to a server. And we are not talking about The OS license that came with the Client computer, but separately purchased CAL (Client Access Licenses)...
2) If you have less the 10 users you may want to stay with Windows NT Workstation... With Workstation you are allowed 10 concurrent communications connections (print, File or ras) after which you will get the following error message:
No more connections can be made to this remote computer at this time because there are already as many connections as the computer can accept.
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Error 71. The network request was not accepted.

These 2 items being said if cost is your main concern you may want to talk to your internet provider about upgrading to VPN dial-up service.

There are a lot of options available to you... you must look at:
1. is your company growing and how fast?
2. How much do you have to spend to get the job done?
3. Who will support what is implemented??? (You, your ISP or 3rd part Service Company)

Thereare many other things to look at but this should get you started...
The easiest way would be to call your local isp about hardware solutions if your network is under 10 stations and not expected to grow much.

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