guys I have a clarification regarding windows 2003 standard edition operating system. I've research about CAL ( client access license ) and I was wondering if do we have to purchase a cal to our server? Our server will only work as file and printer sharing. No other software installed except microsoft office no other services is needed. only file and printer sharing.
Here's what Microsoft say. It's pretty clear - you need one CAL per device/user that accesses the server software. You are using file and print sharing, hence one licence per user/device that makes use of these services. (Unless you use the per Server licensing mode - which may be more appropriate if you only have one server, and don't intend to buy any more - then the number of CALs that you need is the maximum number of simultaneous connections to the server.)