I am a bit confused about Windows Server 2003 licensing. Does a CAL permit you to run a copy of Server 2003 on a server? For example, I buy one copy of Server 2003 Standard which includes 5 CALs; I have 4 servers. Will 4 different CALs allow me to run that same copy of Server 2003 on different servers?
- Every installed copy of the server software requires the purchase of a Windows server license.
- A Windows Server 2003 Client Access License (Windows CAL) is required in order to access or use the server software.
- A Windows CAL is not required if access to the server software is via the Internet and is "unauthenticated"—for example, accessing a Web site for general information where no identifying credentials are exchanged.
Originally posted by boonchuan U can purchase the Win 2003 Web Edition, this is not controlled by Cal, but limitations cannot install ms SQL.
Yes, but where might I find a copy? I've searched through Microsoft's partners/resellers/distributors or what have you, but was unable to. It seems the only way I could get my hands on Web would be to signup with some provider who offers it, and that's not an option.
I have considered Linux, and am considering it. It's in the back of my mind at the moment as I've been focusing on running a Windows-based operation.
Actually to use all the features on the web edition you do need to use CALs, you'll still need to get an email server unless you want to get a CAL for each pop user. <disclaimer: I think this is true, I talked it thru with a guy from M$>