Windows Server Standard 2008 and licensing for game game server role

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I have made one small service program for windows server that is actually small gaming server program. The question is do I need to buy license (CAL) for every player that is connecting to my game server? Or the CAL is for users that directly connects to RDS? The players are not using any file sharing, windows stuff etc, they just get game specific information over UDP. I didn't find anything about licensing program for this situation. What is the truth? Thanks in advance

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I think since your server is hosting a non-Microsoft program not utilizing the underlying operating system from the client side that as long as you have the default cal (1 or 5, etc) you should be fine. If you want to know the truth, I would recommend you reach out to a microsoft license reseller (multiple recommended) to get their input.

Technically you need to purchase the <a href=”http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1418224″>Windows External Connector license</a>. This license covers all remote uses connecting to services on the server. This is the same license that you buy so that you don’t have to have a CAL for every user connecting to IIS.

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  • Stiltner
    No, you do not, its really as simple as that.
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