[windows2000] Re: exceed max number of allowed connections

  • From: "Chris Berry" <compjma@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 18:51:41 -0800

>From: "Chris Ruggeri" <CHRIS.RUGGERI@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>I am using per server and each server has licensing per server...both
>having the same number of server licneses, which would adequately
>cover the concurrent connections, although i would expect that error
>if everyone was logged on @ once.....are you saying that i would have >to 
>double my license count on each server becasue i have
>2?....ie.....have 50 users per server license...put a 2nd up and i
>need 100 on each ? i have each with per server 50 users....plenty to
>cover the number of users connected....

Ok, let me make this a little more clear.  With per server licensing, you 
need three kinds of licenses, server OS licenses, Client Access Licenses, 
and Workstation OS licenses.  If you have two servers you need two server OS 
licenses.  If you have fifty workstations you need 50 workstation OS 
licenses.  That part is all pretty simple.  Now, if you use per server 
licensing, then here is where it gets interesting.  Each CAL (client access 
license) is good for connecting one client machine to one server, so if you 
had 50 users, one sitting at each workstation, and they were each connected 
to both servers you would need 100 CALs.  (Assuming that you weren't logged 
into one or both of the servers and connected to the other one, that take a 
CAL also)  So for maximum usage you should probably have 102 cals, that will 
let you connect anything to anything whenever you want.  You could probably 
get away with 70 or 80 depending on your usage patterns.  I'm guessing that 
you only have 50 which was full usage for one server, and that would be your 
problem.  In my opinion, your best bet is to convert to per seat licensing, 
which is far simplier, and nearly always cheaper except in wierd situations.

Chris Berry
Systems Administrator
JM Associates

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