Software Licensing Management in Windows Server 2003
You need to know few rules about licensing method:
Windows Server 2003 has two licensing modes:
If you have only one or two servers and clients that don’t always connect at the same time Per Server mode is the best and cost effective choice. If you have many servers to which your clients need to connect Per Seat mode is the best and cost effective choice.
There are two types of CALs, User CALs and Device CALs. User CALs are purchased for every user that makes a connection to a Server 2003 server. Device CALs are purchased for every machine that makes a connection to a Server 2003. User CALs are best when you have more machines than users and your users log on to multiple machines to access the servers. Device CALs are better when you have more employees than machines and your users share machines. User CALs and Device CALs are available for both Windows and Terminal Server.
Microsoft requires OSs to be authorized before a specified number of days pass, after which you won’t be able to operate the OS. Failure to activate only prevents logging on. However, services & remote administration will not affect. Server 2003 allows 30 days time for product activation. Companies that use volume licensing do not have to activate their software.
Server 2003 includes an activation wizard. So you can activate our windows in excess of the Internet or by phone. The activation process always tracks of the hardware of your machine. If you change the hardware you’ll have to reactivate our software within 3 days in order to continue logging on to the server.
ACTIVATING WINDOWS SERVER 2003
Use the following steps to activate over the Internet. These steps are based on using the new LUNA interface of Windows Server 2003. If you are using the classic Start menu, the first steps will differ.
Written by: Fahad Bin Ali KhilGi