Well guys I have finally reached my USA destination and started my new role in World Wide Licensing, this role puts me at the heart of Program/Product Licensing readiness from a global prospective so in that respect its time for me to offer a clear focus on the blog
Firstly blog posts will continue and also “up to date” & “hot off the press” info will still be posted, but, I will also focus on the comments and requests I get directly from you guys and take those comments and that feedback to the people who make the changes , then make sure we do some clear signposting so you can find the content you need and at the right time, this will also be a major consideration for me
The first query I want to cover is from Sebastien and its a common one that most people ask for clarity on……………….
Edited for general consumption!
I’m working in a IT company and we recently hired a new employee.
We talked about licensing and I have a different understanding about CAL calculations.
Would you help me to win the bet-of-my-life ?
Here is the context:
A user needs to access 4 different Windows 2008 R2 servers within the our domain.
1x Standard edition, let’s say for an Active Directory server
2x Enterprise edition servers, setup as a cluster
1x Datacenter Edition, for an Hyper-V.
Do I need to Buy?
Answer A: 1 Windows server CAL
Answer B : 3 Windows Server CALs, one per Server edition
The answer is….
Windows Server CALs are just Windows CALs, they are not edition specific, so you cannot buy Windows DC CALs, they are only version specific.
You can use 1x Windows CAL xxx Version, licensed per User or per Device to connect to ANY server within you or your legal affiliates domain
The CAL needs to be equal or higher in Version to the Server it is accessing, so you cannot use a Windows 2003 CAL to access a Windows 2008 Server, but you can use a Windows 2008 Server CAL to access a Windows 2003 Server
Were to find this info on MS.Com
This info is posted within the PUR as below under “Servers”