How does SQL Server 2000 CAL licensing work

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Hi, Just wondering how SQL Server CAL licensing work. For example in one of our client SQL Server 2000, we notice in the SQL Server 2000 licensing icon in Control Panel, it is set to CAL of 50. Does this mean if the 51st client tries to access the SQL Server, an error will occur? Thanks in advance.

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No any number of users can connect to the SQL Server.

Each user that needs to be able to connect to the SQL Server will need to have a SQL Server CAL.

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  • Db23
    Does this mean that if all the 50 user CAL license are already allocated to 50 user, although the 51st user can access SQL Server, they are also breaking the Microsoft licensing agreement.
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  • Technochic
    Yes, that is correct. For our organization, we pay for so many licenses then do a "true-up" with Microsoft once a year to reconcile any differences or overages, paying for overages of course.
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  • Denny Cherry
    Yes.
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