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What are the 5 Win SBS CAL's for ?

By pkak1978 ·
My company uses a database software that runs on MSQL Server 2000. We intend purchasing and setting up a server for this purpose such that a maximum of 5 users assess the Database at the same time. Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003, Premium edition I read comes with SQL Server 2000, included with 5 user CALs.
Does these 5 user CAL?s apply to both the Operating system and the SQL 2000?
In other words does the purchase of MS Windows SBS 2003, mean that these five users can user both the operating and MS SQL Database or I will need to purchase 5 separate SQL USER CAL?s before they can do so?

I am getting confused because from Microsoft?s website under ?How to Buy SQL Server? http://www.microsoft.com/sql/howtobuy/serverpluscal.asp
Server plus user client access license (CAL) licensing requires that a separate Server license (for either SQL Server 2000 Standard or Enterprise Edition) for each server on which the software is installed, plus a user CAL for each user accessing the server.
Any clarification from experts in techrepublic.

Peter

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by CG IT In reply to What are the 5 Win SBS CA ...

SBS works differently with CALS than regular versions. Its an "All on one box", system so you don't have different servers for DNS, DHCP, Exchange, SQL, ISA, files servers, RRAS servers etc. Thers only 1 server, SBS server so, the CALS are for workstations that connect to the server to obtain all the services. The total limit with SBS 2003 is 75 connections total. They give you 5 gratis which is about the average dentist, MD, or small mom & pop shop so when they buy it, their up and running without a lot of configuration problems or shelling out $150.00 to $300.00 extra for CALS.

Note: if you are what I call medium sized small business like 45 to 75 workstations, you should consider the server hardware performance and capabilities for the "All on one Box" like going with SATA drives or SCSI drives, mirror O/S with hardware RAID and have a couple large IDE drives in there, dual processors and 1 GB of memory or better[more the better]. You can have member servers with SBS 2003 but they take up connections to the SBS server. With small medium sized businesses, planning out the network before you jump in is a must.

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bottom line is you make a connection to SBS 2003 server to obtain all the services like SQL, Exchange, DNS etc. so the CALS are for each computer that connects to the SBS box. you don't need CALS where your connection to many different servers , your only connecting to 1, the SBS box. you got 15 workstations then its 15 CALS, unless you split out the services to different boxes, then your doing a per seat mode and need to obtain CALS accordingly.

Think of it this way, CALS residing on the server which allows connections to it to the # of CALS it has, or CALs residing on workstations, that allows it to connect to different servers.

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by EdLockett In reply to What are the 5 Win SBS CA ...

Put simply, you do not have to buy additional CALs.

For each client that you want to use the services of the SBS server, you will need one SBS CAL.

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by EdLockett In reply to What are the 5 Win SBS CA ...

Put simply, you do not have to buy additional CALs.

For each client that you want to use the services of the SBS server, you will need one SBS CAL.

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