Wednesday, May 27, 2009

SBS 2003 R2 + Server 2008 CALs

Due to the difference in timing of the release of SBS 2008 and Windows Server 2008, Microsoft has made an exception to the license requirements. If you have a Windows Server 2008 in the SBS 2003 R2 domain, your SBS 2003 R2 CALs are applicable until May 31, 2009, after which you will be required to either have Windows Server 2008 CALs or SBS 2008 CALs to be in compliance with your license.

Please note that date: May 31, 2009. That's later this week. Sunday to be precise.

What this means is that as of midnight Monday morning, any of your clients who were using this SBS 2003 R2 CAL right will find themselves in an unlicensed state and will need to a) remove their Server 2008 box, b) purchase Server 2008 CALs or c) upgrade their SBS 2003 R2 to either SBS 2008 or EBS 2008 (or, of course, full Server 2008) with the appropriate CALs to remain legally licensed.

So, this is a heads up!


The Outspoken Wookie

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