What happens with SBS 2003 if number of connections exceeds number of CALs?

What happens with SBS 2003 if number of connections exceeds number of CALs?

Post by Jerry H » Tue, 24 Jul 2007 19:09:24


Please bear with me, as I am an absolute NEWBIE when it comes to
Windows Server.... :)

We are running SBS 2003 SP1 with Exchange 2003 installed. Currently
we have 25 seats available, but I keep seeing max usage jump up beyond
that whenever I open the Licensing page through Administrative tool.
This is to be expected as our company has grown.


1) the Max Usage counter is not wholly reliable, as MS admits that the
polling number cannot be accurately counted

2) SBS 2003 will allow a few excessive connections once in a while,
but if it is sustained, SBS 2003 will begin blocking connections. If
this is true, where can I go to actually see failed connection
attempts once the max number of seats have been fulfilled?

Also, is it possible to "reset" the seats, or clear them without have
to restart the server? This has been our "fix" for the past few
months, and it's about time I figured out exactly what has been going
on.
 
 
 

What happens with SBS 2003 if number of connections exceeds number of CALs?

Post by Clau » Tue, 24 Jul 2007 23:27:01

It sounds to me like you are short on licenses. I have not seen excessive
license usage on any of my customers with a sufficient number of licenses.
Internally you need either a device CAL for each computer or a user CAL for
each user. The decision which one to use depends on your requirements. Each
user that accesses OWA or RWW needs a user CAL.

--
Claus