2011 SBS Premium addon CALS

Posted on 2011-04-21
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I have been asking around and cannot get a clear answer on this.

Do I need Standard CALS and Premium CALS for clients that are using SQL based applications on an SBS 2011 network or just the premium CALs?
Question by:JunoSoftware
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by:Lee W, MVP
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The difference between standard and premium is that premium includes EVERYTHING that standard has AND provides license to access the SQL server.

That said:
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Philip Elder earned 1000 total points
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An explanation and some Open Value part numbers are here:


So, if you have 28 users with 10 in accounting using an app that connects to the SQL backend you would license as follows:

 SBS 2011 STD with 5 CALs (1x).
 SBS 2011 STD 20 User CAL pack (1x).
 SBS 2011 STD 1 User CAL pack (3x).

Then, for the SQL portion:
 SBS 2011 PAO with 5 CALs (1x).
 SBS 2011 PAO 5 User CAL pack (1x).

All SBS STD and SBS PAO (Premium Add-On) CALs come in single, five, and twenty packs.


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Thnk you so much for clearing that up for me.
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by:Cliff Galiher
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@leew: your post was true for 2008, but for 2011 premium CALs are additive, not inclusive, because of the change to the add-on model and SBSe.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You're right... lot on my mind, forgot that detail...

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