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Some questions about Licensing of Microsoft products RRS feed

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  • 1. What service in Windows Server need Client Access License(CAL)?


    1.1. For example, if a company setup 2 Windows Server(WinSvr) to be domain controller, and there are 10 users and 15 PCs in this domain. How many CAL is needed?

    1.2. If a company use IIS on WinSvr to build a website, does it need to buy CAL for clients using that website?

    1.3. If a company setup a shared folder on a WinSvr, does it need to buy CAL for clients using that shared folder?

    1.4. If a company setup a shared folder on a Windows PC, does it need to buy CAL for clients using that shared folder?

    1.5. If a company bought a WinSvr 2012 R2 license and CALs, then upgraded the server to 2019. Does it need to re-buy CALs?


    2. If a company had a Open Value(with SA) contract and can install Windows up to 8.1 (Std, Pro, Ent) on the expiration of the contract.


    2.1. Can it use the Windows 10 free upgrade on PCs with Win 7 ~ 8.1 Pro?

    2.2. Can it use the downgrade right after the expiration? For example, Reinstall Windows 7 Pro on a Windows 8.1 Pro PC after expiration. 


    Where can users find info so they can answer questions like above easily?

    Tuesday, June 16, 2020 1:38 AM