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January 31, 2013 at 16:31:13
Specs: Windows 64
Do I need to install CALs on a network file server? It will not be a terminal server. I have purchased 15 more CALs but do not seem to be able to install them?

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February 18, 2013 at 15:52:42
For a network file server, no, a CAL is not needed. The authentication on what comes on the operating system itself should be enough.

Assuming you are using a version of WS2k8, a CAL is not needed.

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February 20, 2013 at 01:28:10
That is a dangerously erroneous post. You need a CAL for every user (or device - it depends upon how you configure things) that accesses a Windows Server.

I guess the OP is asking how you actually register that you have purchased these things. IIRC, Windows Server does not actually check that you have the correct number of CALs, so you don't register them as such on the server (although - certainly in earlier versions - the licensing utility lets you keep a record of purchased CALs and would warn you if you needed more). The important thing is to ensure that you have the appropriate number of CALs (you may want to talk to an authorized Microsoft reseller for advice on the best setup) and that you keep the certificates somewhere safe.

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May 16, 2013 at 08:44:21
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The rule is you need a CAL for every user or device that is authenticating. So if you have a network with 30 users, you need to have 30 user CALs. Or, if you wanted to do per device, if you had 30 computers, you need to have 30 device CALs. Most organizations go with per user because as you add remote computers or multiple computers per user, it becomes complicated. CAL's are not enforced by Windows 2008, it's strictly a legal licensing matter.

There is one "workaround" not really worth mentioning. The CAL rule applies only with authentication. If you were to allow anonymous access to your file shares, you wouldn't need CALs.

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