SQL Server 2008 and CAL's

Last Post 25 Oct 2010 07:43 AM by dstoltz. 3 Replies.
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Diane
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08 Jul 2010 10:01 AM
I'm new to managing MSSQL. My department is purchasing a server to run a program that uses MSSQL.  The users will interact with the DB through a web browser.  What I need to know is do I need to buy MSSQL CAL's for everyone of those users?

I realize this is probably a dumb question to most of you but I am at a loss.  Finding information on the topic has been a struggle.
russellb
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08 Jul 2010 10:56 AM
yes, you do.


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09 Jul 2010 04:26 AM
You may need per processor license because web service involved here.
dstoltz
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25 Oct 2010 07:43 AM
You DO NOT need a CAL for every user, unless you know how many users (exactly) will need to access the server. For instance, if it's a team of 5 or 10 internal users, you would need 10 cals.

But if it's a public server, and you do NOT know how many users will hit the website, you required a "PER PROC" license. You would need a per proc license for each CPU in your server. If you have 2 CPU's, you can either use 1 or 2 proc's to run MSSQL, but if you wanted to use both, then you need 2 per proc licenses.

Hope this helps.
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