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Device CALs for workgroup computers? RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are upgrading one of our domains to Windows Server 2012 R2. However, we were a little unsure about CALs and was hoping someone could give us clarification on what we have to buy. We have 3/4 of our workstations / printers connected and listed in our AD. I understand we need CAL for these.

    However, the rest of our workstations on this network form part of a work-group and are not part of the domain. However, we plan to configure these so that they have a preconfigured mapping to a couple of shared network folders that reside on the network's servers. Users will gain access to these folders and networked printers via a VPN connection. 

    Do we need to buy device CALs for these work-group workstations too? 

    Moreover, we have a number of Windows Server 2008 R2 device CALs. Is it possible to convert these to Windows Server 2012 R2 CALs or do we need start afresh?

    Thanks

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017 11:22 AM