Client Access License Monitoring

Updated: March 10, 2009

Applies To: Windows Essential Business Server

Monitoring of client access licenses (CALs) for Windows EBS is performed by licensing services that are running on the Management Server. Monitoring data for CALs appears in License Management on the Licenses tab in the Windows EBS Administration Console. Additional information about events related to CALs is logged in an operational event log on the Management Server.

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To view information about the assignment of CALs to user accounts, click User Licenses on the Licenses tab. To view information about the assignment of CALs to devices, click Device Licenses on the Licenses tab.

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The System Health tab in the Administration Console monitors the configuration of your network environment for compliance with the licensing terms for Windows EBS. For more information about the licensing indicators that appear on the System Health page, see System Health Monitoring, earlier in this document.

For more information about the requirements for license compliance in Windows EBS, see the Microsoft Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=124334).

Compliance alerts

For each Windows EBS CAL edition (also called EBS CAL Suite) in your environment, the results pane and the details pane show the Status of compliance with the Windows EBS licensing terms, as follows:

  • Compliant.   The count of the CALs that are assigned to user accounts and to devices is less than or equal to the count of the available CALs from installed CAL packs.

  • Not compliant.   The count of the CALs that are assigned to user accounts and to devices is greater than the count of the available CALs from installed CAL packs.

Tasks to resolve compliance alerts

If a CAL edition in your environment is not compliant, you can purchase and install an additional CAL pack to increase the number of CALs available (up to the maximum allowed in Windows EBS), or you can reduce the number of CALs that are assigned to user accounts and to devices. Do one of the following:

  • To install a CAL pack, on any page on the Licenses tab, in the tasks pane, click Install CAL packs. This starts the Install CAL Packs Wizard.

  • To unassign a CAL from a licensed user account, on the User Licenses page, click the user account, and then, in the tasks pane, click Manage CAL. In the Manage CAL dialog box, click None, and then click OK.

  • To unassign a CAL from a licensed device, on the Device Licenses page, click the device, and then, in the tasks pane, click Manage CAL. In the Manage CAL dialog box, click None, and then click OK.

For more information about managing CALs in Windows EBS, see “Client Access Licenses” at the Microsoft Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=108930).

Additional data on the License Management page

The following table lists additional data about the CAL editions that appears in the results pane and in the details pane on the License Management page.

 

Item Details

Edition

One of the available Windows EBS CAL editions (also called EBS CAL Suites):

  • Standard.   Allows user accounts or devices to access the Windows EBS network.

  • Premium.   Allows user accounts or devices to access the Windows EBS network and the premium features of Windows EBS Premium.

Total

The count of the CALs that are installed.

Temporary

The count of the temporary CALs that are assigned to user accounts or to devices.

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You may assign a maximum of five temporary CALs in Windows EBS.

Assigned

The count of the CALs that are assigned to user accounts or to devices. This number includes temporary CALs.

Unassigned

The count of the CALs that are not assigned to user accounts or to devices.

Installed CAL Packs

The CAL packs that are installed for the CAL edition, showing the number of CALs that are installed with each CAL pack.

For more information about the CAL packs that are installed, click Installation History on the Licenses page.

Monitoring data that appears in event logs

For detailed information about events that are related to CAL enforcement in Windows EBS, start Event Viewer on the Management Server. In the console tree, expand Applications and Services Logs to locate the Microsoft-Windows-Windows Server Solutions Client Access Licensing/Operational log.

For more information about using Event Viewer, see “Event Viewer” at the Microsoft Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=120544).

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