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04-14-2004, 01:45 AM
I need help from all those who have used, managed, or been connected to Windows 2003 Server before.

I am currently managing Win NT Server 4.0 at my office. Am thinking of upgrading my server OS to 2003 Server. The only hindrance is the cost. I understand the server OS itself is not that steep, but the client-license is the costly one.

Now, this is not a politically correct question:
What is the license for users/clients for 2003 Server like? Is it just a piece of paper license? Or does it have some authentication number to authorize each user when they connect to the server?
Basically, my politically incorrect question is whether I can buy the OS itself, install it on my server and let my user/clients connect to it without having to buy the license for each of them?

Can anyone who have had prior experience with this pls help me?
Thanks in advance... if you were living in my neighborhood I'd buy you a meal anytime...

Paleo Pete
04-14-2004, 02:36 AM
Here's what M$ has to say about it. Server Licensing (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/ts2003.mspx)

I don't pretend to understand this, but it seems to say each machine or each user must have a license. I also found a site in a google search that pointed out a bug that makes server 2003 change from per user to per device after adding or removing hardware in Control Panel. Info (http://www.thincomputing.net/newsitem191.html)

License Chart (http://www.directionsonmicrosoft.com/sample/DOMIS/update/2003/02feb/0203ws2gpl_ch1.htm) might help too.