Microsoft CAL question

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Hello, I'm about to purchase a new server 2012 box and run a SQL application off of it. Users will be accessing it via portal for time entry. My question is, do I need to buy SQL CALs and server 2012 user CALs, or just the SQL CALs? I'm a little confused and just want to make sure I'm purchasing the right licensing. Thank you!
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You must buy OS and SQL CALs if you choose to use per user or per device licensing.
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Top Expert 2010
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Generally you need Server CALs for each user/device that connects to AD and SQL cals for each user that accesses any software that uses SQL server, but I would highly recommend you contact MS licensing directly, since they are the ones who will have the definitive answer to your questions. Anything we say here could be wrong and you will not be legally protected if you use our recommendations and are audited.
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Most Valuable Expert 2013

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With rare exception (if any exception) CALs are ADDITIVE.  So a SQL CAL adds the right to access a SQL server to a standard Windows Server CAL.

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Ended up just contacting MS to get it straightened out.

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