Dear CAL people

On November 1, 2005, in Rants, SBS Licensing, by

To whom it may concern in the SKU and CAL department.  Yes, I know that we’ve asked before for less SKUs.  We’ve asked before for easier licensing, for Dell computers to be forced to stop saying XP Home operating systems are ‘suitable for small businesses’.

There’s one more thing I’d like.

I’d like another SKU.

Yes you heard me.  I want to have one more SKU for a SBS add on.

I want a Terminal Server bundle for SBS.  I want one SKU number to give to a small business owner or partner that would represent a Windows Server OS and 5 TS cals [and then add on more in increments of course].

Have you ever tried to explain to a normal human being that all they need is one Windows Server license, that the Server cals they say you don’t need because you are a SBS server owner has nothing to do with the TS cals?

Even after reading this whitepaper, the normal human being still goes “huh“?

I talked to a normal human being today and it was obvious that he was confused by this document and just wanted a product SKU number that he could go to his vendor and say “I want that“.

So Microsoft CAL people?  Can I have one more SKU?  Please?


3 Responses to Dear CAL people

  1. John says:

    I actually had this conversation once with a Dell sales guy, I needed 5 seats for TS on Win2003 in an SBS environment where I had more than enough Windows CALS, I only needed the Windows server license. I tried to explain this to him, and he said he would look into it and get back to me. The next day he got back to me and told me about the Internet Connector License for Terminal Services (~$7500) I needed.

    Then he said something like, "Mr. John, I am going to have to ask you to stop cursing at me, right now or I will hang up."

  2. James says:

    I’m being forced to upgrade our SBS 2003 server to Standard Edition using the Transition pack so I can use terminal services. I like their wording that SBS supports Terminal services on another server. What a joke.

  3. Susan says:

    James, you do realize that running TS on your domain controller is insecure, and the cost of that Transition pack… you could pay for another member server?