Can you help me with my software licensing issue?
This would seem an easy enough question, but I wasn't able to find any definite answer anywhere.
If I'm running SQL Server 2008 R2 on Windows Server 2008 R2, I need proper licenses for SQL Server; that's fine. It could be per processor, per user... doesn't matter. Let's just assume SQL Server is properly licensed.
If the server is only providing database services (it's not a domain controller, nor a web server, it doesn't even share a single folder), do I need Windows Server CALs too?
I would assume not, because that just wouldn't make much sense... but questions like this one seem to imply a completely different scenario.
Before someone feels compelled to close this question and send me here: I'm not concerned about costs, the actual number of licenses to buy, or the right licensing program to use for my company; I just want a straight answer to the question "do I need Windows Server CALs for a dedicated database server?".