Server 2012 User CAL's

Posted on 2012-09-12
Last Modified: 2012-09-12
Hi There,

My question is a pretty simple one, but i just need to make a 100% sure on it. For Server 2012 how many user CAL's must i purchase for 45 Users with pc's. The obvious answer is 45 user CAL's but i just want to make absolutely sure. And how is it loaded on Server 2012?

Question by:GECs36711
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    CALs are an honor system, they are not installed.  Each HUMAN BEING who will use the server requires a CAL.  It doesn't matter if you have 45 users and only 15 connect at any one time, you need 45 CALs, one for each HUMAN BEING.  It doesn't matter if you only create 15 user accounts to be shared amongst the 45 users, you need 45 CALs one for each HUMAN BEING.

    It's POSSIBLE to license by device instead, but it's USUALLY not an appropriate licensing method since ALL devices used by that user - home machines via remote access, iPads, cell phones, etc, that may interact with the server would need a device CAL.

    At the end of the day, you need to understand my disclaimer:
    DISCLAIMER: Licensing advice offered here is a "best effort" and based on the understanding of the respondents. Licenses can change and we may not be aware of these changes or may misunderstand them. Further, licenses can differ by country and/or region and what we understand to be true in our region could be false in your region. "they told me on Experts-Exchange" will not be a valid defense in a software audit.  All licensing questions should be confirmed with the appropriate licensing authority (the maker of the software/issuer of the license).

    Author Comment

    Perfect thats exactly what i needed to hear.

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