Windows Sever CAL licensing question?

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I just bought a Windows Server 2008 EE and and 50 copies of Windows Vista. My question is do I need 50 windows server licenses or just one? Also if I decide to later add on Exchange 2010, will I need to purchase 50 additional CALs?

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Windows Server 2008

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1 server license will be fine but you will need 50 client access licenses for the server. You will also need as many Exchange CALs as you have mailboxes. Check out the Microsoft Product Licensing website for additional information.

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  • Syphun
    Sumtymes i wonder if those CALs aint just a waste of money. Does that thing really work? Coz i once had a site i installed a windows server 2003 for a client and also exchange server 2003 on the same machine and there were about 30 users on the domain i created. All the 30 users could connect to the server, get their mails from exchange thru outlook, and still access all the network resources i made available like the network printers, applications installed on the server whereby users point to the server before running those applications on their local machines. I mean, i did not buy any CAL for that site, and it's still functioning till date. Can someone tell me the importance of CAL? if there are any left!!
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  • ITKE
    CALs keep you in compliance with Microsoft's licensing agreements. Each product has it's own licensing requirements. If this organization you describe were audited by Microsoft, they would be found non-compliant and liable for the costs to become licensed and compliant.
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  • Denny Cherry
    Buying the CALs keeps you legal. Without the CALs you are in violation of your license agreements with Microsoft. At best nothing will happen and no one will find out. At worst you'll be audited by Microsoft be subject to license fees, and fines. Mega worst case Microsoft can revoke your right to use the software which you are loosing, effectively putting you out of business.
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