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Can someone tell me how licensing of Domain Controllers work?

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  • I am still a little new with the licensing of certain things.

    I know about Cals and the concurrent sessions but does this apply to domain controllers?

    I thought i would just need a single license for the 

    Server 2012 install promoted to DC

    There will be nothing hosted on this box except AD, DNS and DHCP.

    Do i need a CAL for every computer in the AD domain?, for every user? both? what?

    There are close to 200 computers in our little domain, so do i need 200 cals because all they are doing is that will authenticate against the domain controller?

    or what, how does this work? I haven't been able to get a straight answer looking around online since DC's are kinda special cases.


    Chaos causes progress, Order inhibits it.

    Thursday, May 08, 2014 4:44 AM

Answers

  • There are 200 client OS like Win 7 and Windows 8, correct ?

    You need not have licenses for those on DC/server. You just need licenses for Win 7/8 and activate them. 

    On server you need license as per the config, until unless you are hosting VM machines/servers. 

    Refer : 

    https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCoQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdownload.microsoft.com%2Fdownload%2F4%2FD%2FB%2F4DB352D1-C610-466A-9AAF-EEF4F4CFFF27%2FWS2012_Licensing-Pricing_FAQ.pdf&ei=bRNrU6zcCYHHuATb4IDgBQ&usg=AFQjCNEtmNeiIPtw0boIAju2kH4iqOAxvw&sig2=kaa8QGnJwO6bGvDuE1kBUA&bvm=bv.66330100,d.c2E

    https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CDIQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdownload.microsoft.com%2Fdownload%2F0%2F4%2FB%2F04BD0EB1-42FE-488B-919F-3981EF9B2101%2FWS2012_Licensing-Pricing_Datasheet.pdf&ei=bRNrU6zcCYHHuATb4IDgBQ&usg=AFQjCNFuQ0mTqcsCv05QxTsuhAo57rC3Cg&sig2=sob0LfNTnjrUeyVXhMlEqA&bvm=bv.66330100,d.c2E


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    • Marked as answer by Goofoff Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:57 AM
    Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:18 AM
  • For all the clients and server connected to the network, you need a license to activate them. 

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    • Edited by arnavsharmaMVP Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:25 AM
    • Marked as answer by Goofoff Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:57 AM
    Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:25 AM
  • Yes, its required. 

    http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en-gb/licensing/productlicensing/Pages/server-cal.aspx#fbid=Ad28Du6hhfy

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/


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    • Marked as answer by Goofoff Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:57 AM
    Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:32 AM

All replies

  • There are 200 client OS like Win 7 and Windows 8, correct ?

    You need not have licenses for those on DC/server. You just need licenses for Win 7/8 and activate them. 

    On server you need license as per the config, until unless you are hosting VM machines/servers. 

    Refer : 

    https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCoQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdownload.microsoft.com%2Fdownload%2F4%2FD%2FB%2F4DB352D1-C610-466A-9AAF-EEF4F4CFFF27%2FWS2012_Licensing-Pricing_FAQ.pdf&ei=bRNrU6zcCYHHuATb4IDgBQ&usg=AFQjCNEtmNeiIPtw0boIAju2kH4iqOAxvw&sig2=kaa8QGnJwO6bGvDuE1kBUA&bvm=bv.66330100,d.c2E

    https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CDIQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdownload.microsoft.com%2Fdownload%2F0%2F4%2FB%2F04BD0EB1-42FE-488B-919F-3981EF9B2101%2FWS2012_Licensing-Pricing_Datasheet.pdf&ei=bRNrU6zcCYHHuATb4IDgBQ&usg=AFQjCNFuQ0mTqcsCv05QxTsuhAo57rC3Cg&sig2=sob0LfNTnjrUeyVXhMlEqA&bvm=bv.66330100,d.c2E


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    • Marked as answer by Goofoff Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:57 AM
    Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:18 AM
  • There are about 200 computer accounts in ad. i would say about 20-30 of them are servers and the rest are desktops.

    So as long as those 200 computers Server OS or not have their own license, it is fine to stay with a plain single license on the DC, correct?

    There will be nothing on the DC except, DNS and DHCP. I know the licensing would be different if it were a Hyper-V host or something of that nature.


    Chaos causes progress, Order inhibits it.

    Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:24 AM
  • For all the clients and server connected to the network, you need a license to activate them. 

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    • Edited by arnavsharmaMVP Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:25 AM
    • Marked as answer by Goofoff Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:57 AM
    Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:25 AM
  • Yes, correct, but Not CAL's on the DC?

    Chaos causes progress, Order inhibits it.

    Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:27 AM
  • Yes, its required. 

    http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en-gb/licensing/productlicensing/Pages/server-cal.aspx#fbid=Ad28Du6hhfy

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/


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    • Marked as answer by Goofoff Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:57 AM
    Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:32 AM
  • Wow so, 200 Cals it is.

    I guess i wasn't thinking that it was the same for DC's since they really just authenticate the user logins and process gpos. ( yes i know they do a lot more but for this example i didn't know)

    Thanks for your help.

    3 domain controllers. 

    200 devices.....600 CALs -_-


    Chaos causes progress, Order inhibits it.


    • Edited by Goofoff Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:57 AM
    Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:56 AM