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    CALs and Devices

    We are thinking of getting a new server (moving from simple linux server) and I am unclear on a few things. As I understand we need 1 cal for each device (the cheapest way for us). Is a file server / domain server included as a device that needs cals. It seems like a stupid question but our file shares are currently all samba on linux.

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    You will probably get MORE functionality using samba - if you have it keep it!

    but to answer the question, yes CAL allows access to anything on windows server except exchange, terminal services or any remote access.

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    I've tried but its just not going to work managing policies and software in that way. I understand that samba has some ok domain stuff now though

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    sorry another question, Are CALs a one off purchase or do they need to be renewed

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    Depends how you license them, with EES it is an annual payment - with a schools agreement the license is perpetual until you upgrade the server. So if you bought 2008 licenses now you would need to pay again with server 8.

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    If we were to get another 2008 server in the future would the cals be valid for that aswell. BTW that was the last stupid question i promise.

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    yes, you'd just need another server license, but he CALs would still be valid.



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