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Do microsoft do any sort of multipurpose CAL liscence, i.e. if you have users accessing exchange, sharepoint, sql etc, rather than a ton of cals' for each purpose, I didnt know if they did one CAl that covers all access to all their apps?
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Felix Leven earned 2000 total points
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yes, Core CAL and Enterprise CAL Suites. Someone compared them there:
http://www.aidanfinn.com/?p=11931

you can save Money if you use more then 3 MS Server products.
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do you know if a "professional desktop" CAL falls into this pot of options? Just trying to make sense of our liscence purchases
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by:Felix Leven
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CAL is ONLY the license you need to access server Products/services from a Client -> MSSQL, SharePoint, Lync for example

In Addition you will also need a license for the machine you are working on -> Windows PRO or Entprise or Ultimate
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so its not one CAL for accessing SQL, another CAL for accessing Exchange, another CAL for accessing Sharepoint, its just one CAL that covers all?

i.e. if a user accesses 5 MS server apps, do they need 1 CAL or 5 CAL's?
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only 1 CORE or 1 Enterprise, thats the deal and ist good if you use more then 3 of the Server products -> SQL is not included
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Thanks! Are you familiar with the "professional desktop" CAL, I assume that includes core or enterprise within its range of what you can use...
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I believe you are refering to Enterprise Agreements, "professional desktop" or "Enterprise Desktop" this is a company wide contract with Microsoft.
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found this:

"Desktop Platforms
The Professional Desktop Platform includes:
¿      Windows Pro/Windows Enterprise upgrade, and
¿      Office Professional Plus, and
¿      Core Client Access License (CAL) Suite
"

so I assume in line with your comment above, core includes exchange..
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yes, but you need more Servers to make this cost effective! If it's only about Exchange it is to expensive.

A normal Server CAL + normal Exchange CAL is a lot cheaper.
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I beleive the setup also includes sharepoint, and other server apps.
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