licensing mode

Definition of licensing mode in The Network Encyclopedia.

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What is Licensing Mode?

One of two types of client access license (CAL) for Microsoft Windows NT and Microsoft BackOffice. The two licensing modes are Per Server licensing and Per Seat licensing.

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If you are denied a network connection to a server running Windows NT or BackOffice application running on a server because you have exceeded your licensing requirements, you might be able to free up existing connections without having to buy more licenses. Here are a few points to consider:

  • If you connect to the same server from two different client machines while logged on with the same username, you use up two licenses if you are running in Per Server mode.
  • IPX connections to basic file and print services on Windows NT take 15 minutes or more to time out when you disconnect.
  • Internet applications such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), and Telnet do not use up licenses.
  • NetDDE applications such as Clipboard Viewer do not use up licenses.