cbeerse "at" lycos.nl
Mon Jan 26 09:57:00 2004
> Hello, a quick question:
> Some people at the company I work for think that you need to buy a CAL
> if you want to connect a Windows workstation to ANY server, even a
> non-MS server such as a linux box with Xvnc running on it. I think this
> is not
> true. I'm not about to ask MS since I'm sure they'll tell me "of
> course!" even if it's not true.
There is some note in the M$Windows license that says that you need to have a
M$Windows license for the machine you use to view the M$Windows display (the
license for the seat) and you need to have a M$Windows license for the machine
that serves the M$Windows display.
Hence, if you have a M$WIndows license for the machine that runs the VNC viewer
and you have a license for the M$WIndows servers then you are done.
The only possible restriction you might have is when you run a M$Windows server
and a Linux desktop. However, since most linux machines are installed on
hardware that comes with some kind of M$Windows (including license) there is no
problem at all.
Then you can install the M$WIndows server with licensing per seat at the server
side, this also coveres the license.
Be noted, there is no speak of any version or variant for the desktop/displaying
machine. a M$Windows 95 or even M$Windows 3.11 suits a need.