User CAL / Device CAL

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You get five CALs with the server license. If you have more than five users/devices then you'll need to buy additional CALs.
 
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Its just that I know of a certain place with more users and PCs than CALs :)
Isn't there a process for Microsoft to identify these kind of things?
Surely number of CALs activated can be detected and number of users/PCs connected to a server can be also detected by Microsoft!
 
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Microsoft can come in and do a 'trueing' up exercise, not sure how legal it would be for them to gain entry if you just refused, but pretty sure they could get in somehow. A lot of NHS trusts are going through this since the end of their uk EWA, some trust are getting bios in the hundreds of thousands..............
 
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hmm reading about true up, it seems like it is only for "Customers enrolled in a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement"
I guess every one enrolls on a EA automatically when installing a server product!
 
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There's loads of MS software agreements depending on what and how you buy! For just server with CALs I wouldn't expect any big issue, but when you start buying multiples of anything a select or EWA can become a cheaper option. I've got a whole day put aside in a few weeks to learn about the new SQL licencing model....... Oh joy!........
 
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All software licensing is important. IT is such a big part of business now the software estate of an enterprise can make up a large chunk of it's value as a company. Lots of people get very ****ed off if they find out you're worth more than you say you are. Under licensing on software is effectively that, the bankroll shows you bought £1m of software licenses, you are actually using £1.3m of actual software because you didn't keep ontop of licensing. Can have serious implications when KPMG start snooping about your books.
 
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