Question about server licensing affected by adding multiple networks in a domain?



  • Say I have one Windows domain with some DC's serving up AD and DNS, and all of my servers, computers and other devices are all on one flat network. If I wanted to move things to different networks like servers on a management network, computers and phones on another, etc, does this impact the Microsoft licensing I choose? Would I need to purchase additional licenses for the multiple networks under one domain -or something to that effect? I know server licensing is core based but is there something with server CALs or anything?

    I plan to do some more research on my own but I'm currently on the road. I just wanted to ask here to see if I could get some quick input/food for thought on this, if it's even a potential concern.



  • No. You wouldn't need anything more than you would when it is flat.



  • Concur, networks have no bearing on licensing.



  • @murpheous said in Question about server licensing affected by adding multiple networks in a domain?:

    No. You wouldn't need anything more than you would when it is flat.

    Ok good. I though I had heard something a while back about licensing being affected by multiple networks in a domain... Maybe I'm remembering something incorrectly though.



  • As others said, you are clear here. Licensing is by the number of servers deployed, and the number of users on the network. AD is covered by those things, it's an "included feature" once you are covered otherwise. There is no specific licensing for AD, only for the server/user combo. So you can deploy AD in any configuration that makes sense for you. The licensing will remain the same whether you use AD in some complicated matter, just one domain, or even not at all.