Licenses W2K TO 2003 DC Migration

February 3, 2010 at 05:07:56
Specs: Windows XP
Good Day,

I inherited a w2k AD Network, I wish to move the DC over to 2003 server as step one of an upgrade. My questions is would the existing W2K licenses carry over to the new server and do I need just one server License for the new DC

Thank you

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February 3, 2010 at 05:14:09
I am pretty sure you need new CAL's, after reading this:

Changes to Windows Server 2003 Licensing
The following reflects changes to the Windows Server 2003 licensing requirements:
• New user-based CAL

Of course they might just be referring to user based / device based CAL's, I'm not sure.

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February 3, 2010 at 05:32:00
and that's where I'm getting lost.. since this is going to be BPC And then the PDC What would I need for licensing.

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February 3, 2010 at 06:29:34
I suggest you call MS directly and get the answer from them. It won't cost you anything, and you'll get a straight answer :)

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February 3, 2010 at 07:18:23
craigob the answer is pretty simple.

Yes you need new cals and server license.
This is especially important concerning terminal server cals. Under 2000 xp was free. Not so under 2003.

BTW you need to update your vocabulary from your NT days. There are no bdc/pdcs in Active Directory. AD has very different concepts than NT

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February 3, 2010 at 08:18:19
To expand on what wanderer said - licenses don't 'carry over' from one OS to the next. You'll need a server license for each server. You'll need a cal for each user that connects to the server(s), and you'll need a TS cal for each user that connects via terminal services.

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February 3, 2010 at 08:52:56
OK I got the TS licenses and I know about the Server License.. however, since this is a new 2003 domain controller on a w2k domain that will eventually become the primary, do i need more cals since its the DC. Thats were im getting stuck.

sorry I have been out this too long.. :)

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February 3, 2010 at 18:02:07
How about you tell us what you mean when you say 'will eventually become the primary". That might help with the answer. Since there are no primary domain controllers, it is hard to know exactly what you mean.

Your 2000 licenses are not good for 2003.

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