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Two questions, which hopefully will be easy for you experienced users.

I just purchased a used Dell server with Windows Server 2012 Essentials on it. I noticed that the Wiki page states it has a 25 user limit. What, exactly, does that mean? I'll be running this as a web server, does this mean I can have no more than 25 different users connecting to the website simultaneously?

Also, is there any limit to how many different websites I can put on this server? Not in terms of needing more space or RAM or anything, I'm just wondering if IIS8 has some kind of built in limitation that I need to be aware of. I'm assuming it doesn't, but it's better to ask than to assume.

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The user limit is for CAL's. A website technically only uses one user, whichever one you have the website run as. This OS should be fine for a small webserver.

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Web server connections are web workloads and do not consume CALs

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/volume-licensing/2014/03/10/licensing-how-to-when-do-i-need-a-client-access-license-cal/

This is the specific section relating to Web Servers.

So if it is the front end you don't need a CAL but if it is a back end process running on the server itself then yes you do.

I hope that is helpful

Yours

Ed

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