To implement DC CAL is required?

By chaudhary.umesh ·
Dear All,

*I have a windows 2003 server (Std. edition) with 5 CAL (Client Access License),
*I have 100 user in my network

Now i wanted to implement the active directory in my network so is it necessary to have 100 CAL (Client Access License) installed in each and every client machine.
or can i take client machine under domain without having CAL?

Waiting for your Valuable Reply.


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every connection

by CG IT In reply to To implement DC CAL is re ...

requires a CAL. Can be per seat or per server. User and Device respectively.

rule of thumb more than 1 server that users will connect to, get user cals. only 1 server users will connect to, get device cals. If you plan on adding a second server anytime, get user cals.

if you have 100 users and will be adding another server, get 95 user CALS [might as round up and get 100].

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by davidburke84 In reply to To implement DC CAL is re ...

Unless these users are connecting to the server it does NOT require a license for every computer you add to the domain.

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Required CAL for DC?

by chaudhary.umesh In reply to ?

Thanks for your reply

I just wanted to get all 100 machines under domain and apply group policy on them thats it.
so as per you said i don't require CAL in this scenario.

Awaiting for your reply.

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by CG IT In reply to Required CAL for DC?

you need a CAL to cover either every device that will connect to the server or every user. There's no two ways about it.

you create a Domain with Active Directory and you create 100 user accounts, you design Group Policy either a user or computer policy and for those policies to appy, a user or computer must connect to the server and authenticate to the domain. to do this they need a CAL.

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