Peter is too polite to say this, but since I don't work for Microsoft, I can..
Retail licensing is probably the worst deal you can get. It typically costs
more for fewer benefits.
As an IT person, Zervos, one of the best things you can do is find a decent
channel distributor who can help you with a lot of the licensing questions, so
you can focus on IT. Finding a good distributor can take time - and I have no
clue where to tell you to start looking in Greece - but getting in touch with a
good one can make a lot of this simpler.
The whole licensing scheme has been simplified by Microsoft during the last 18
months to the point where an IT person *can* actually understand it, but the
role of the distributors is to help do that for you anyway.
But whatever you do, speaking from my last few years with this stuff, don't go
retail - get the Open Agreement. You can go onto open license with as little as
5 separate product items; not 5 types of things, 5 licenses.
> If you are buying through a volume program you can buy them either way, just
> do what makes sense for you. If you buy them all together, you would just
> use the same Open Agreement number for all of them, and specify a subset (in
> this case 3) when it asks you for the quantity to apply to a particular
> License Server.
> If you buy them in retail (I know that's not what you asked, but for
> completeness) then you would have to be a 5-CAL pack for each License
> Server, as these can not be split up.
> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
> > Hi,
> > When using Thin Clients you have to buy TS CAL.
> > The setup for every-one of the small networks
> > will be the following:
> > 3x Windows 2000 CALS OLP NL
> > 3x Windows 2000 Terminal Services CALS OLP NL
> > 3x Windows Based Terminals (Thin Clients) as Desktop
> > Devices
> > Servers will have installed their own Active Directory,
> > TS License Server.
> > Every TS License server must have activated 3 tokens,
> > each for every seat. A total of 3 License Tokens for
> > every of the 10 networks = 30 TS Licences/TS License
> > tokens.
> > My question: Which is the right way for purchasing the
> > 30 additional Terminal Services Licenses and Activate
> > the tokens?
> > 1. With a single order for 30 additional TS CALS (OLP NL)?
> > 2. With multiple orders for 10x3 additional TS CALS (OLP
> > NL)?
> > >-----Original Message-----
> > >Christos:
> > >You do not have to purchase CAL's for your W2K desktops
> > to
> > >use T/S: W2K Professional includes the T/S access
> > >license. You only have to activate your T/S Licensing on
> > >the server (free from MS) and you're ready to go.
> > >Your thin clients as terminals may be a different story.
> > >What is the physical setup you plan to use?
> > >Aloha,
> > >Miles
> > >Pacific Computer Systems
> > >Miles Baidack
> > >.