Tue Dec 2 02:23:37 GMT 2003
When do I need a CAL?
A. You need a Windows 2000 Server CAL for each client device that is
used by an authenticated user or that uses Windows Server Services.
[followed, inexplicably, by a paragraph talking about "NT Server CALs"]
What is the difference between the OS license and CALs? Why do I need
A. Windows 2000 Server, like Windows NT Server 4.0 and earlier
versions, has separate client and server components of licensing to
allow complete scalability of your client/server solution. You require
a server license for each server within a Windows 2000 Server-based
network, and a Windows 2000 CAL for each device that uses Windows 2000
authentication (if the user of the device is authenticated by Windows
2000 or authenticated using credentials from Windows 2000 Directory
Services) or File, Print, Remote Access or Terminal Services. A
Windows 2000 CAL is required for each client computer that meets the
above criteria and accesses Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced
Server, or Windows 2000 Datacenter Server. [...]
In the license you state that "You need a Windows 2000 Server Client
Access License for each Device" What do you mean by Device?
A. Device means any electronic device you use to access or otherwise
utilize the services of a server running Windows 2000 Server or
Windows 2000 Advanced Server. Some examples would be a computer,
workstation, terminal, handheld PC, pager, telephone, "smart phone,"
and so on.
The second Q&A above suggest that I could be wrong in my
interpretation (I hadn't spotted the last sentence I quote), but you
could argue that the client is (at least indirectly) accessing the
Win2k directory services for authentication.
What is interesting is the interpretation of "device". CALs for
everything electronic, before long. If I telnet from my home Linux box to a
work Unix box, and from there use smbclient to access a file on a
Win2k server, all of a sudden I need a CAL for both my home box and my
It's not too bad in my work environment because we've signed up for
Microsoft's Campus Agreement, which covers us for unlimited CALs on
campus and also for staff home machines. (This is a university in the
UK, btw.) Campus also covers unlimited use of MS Office
Standard/Professional, Visual Studio, and FrontPage, on University and
staff-owned PCs, but with the downside that it's a rental agreement,
not a perpetual licence.
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