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how to add user cals to sbs 2011 since the product is not available anymore

    Question

  • a customer needs to add more users to an sbs 2011 installation

    he has purchased 10 for startup

    and needs a few more now that users are arriving

    since the product is not available we need an alternative and maybe an article to justify it.

    Thanks in advance!


    Alexander Skordos Network Engineer Gold Certified Professional Geniusnet SA - Hellas

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:25 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    I think you will have to have this discussion with Microsoft Licensing and then your customer.  It is really they that are on the hook for licensing violations... but I would type up your recommendations based on your discussion with MS and get your customer to sign off on it.  On the face of it the best solution would be for the customer to order the licenses if you cannot order from distribution.

    For Licensing questions you may also contact licensing specialist for detailed information.
    In the United States and Canada call the licensing team directly at 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist.

    Worldwide customers can use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/worldwide.aspx
    to find contact information in their locations.


    Larry Struckmeyer [MVP]-- --If your question is answered please mark the response as the answer so that others can benefit.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:30 PM
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  • You absolutely can purchase CALs for SBS 2011

    https://www.amazon.com/Windows-Small-Business-Server-Standard/dp/B004I6M9CE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492020214&sr=8-1&keywords=sbs+2011+cals

    But if they were not, then I suspect you could plead you case with the auditors should they come knocking.

    BTW, there is no place to add them in SBS or afaik any version of Server.  Strictly an honor system.


    Larry Struckmeyer [MVP]-- --If your question is answered please mark the response as the answer so that others can benefit.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 6:05 PM
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  • Thanks very much for your reply. My buying options are limited and I cannot buy from amazon, only the end customer may use this option. As a reseller in Greece I have 3 distributors I can buy from. So I am trying to locate the alternative if there is one. The other thing is that if the number of users increases dramatically which looks like it a lot, and considering the sbs machine age, I was thinking that if purchasing server user cals, exchange cals and sql cals, they would be useful when I migrate the abs services to separate servers. I just don't know if the downgrade rights are valid in such a case.

    Alexander Skordos Network Engineer Gold Certified Professional Geniusnet SA - Hellas

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 6:32 PM
  • Hi,

    I think you will have to have this discussion with Microsoft Licensing and then your customer.  It is really they that are on the hook for licensing violations... but I would type up your recommendations based on your discussion with MS and get your customer to sign off on it.  On the face of it the best solution would be for the customer to order the licenses if you cannot order from distribution.

    For Licensing questions you may also contact licensing specialist for detailed information.
    In the United States and Canada call the licensing team directly at 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist.

    Worldwide customers can use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/worldwide.aspx
    to find contact information in their locations.


    Larry Struckmeyer [MVP]-- --If your question is answered please mark the response as the answer so that others can benefit.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:30 PM
    Moderator