user CALS vs. device CALS
Posted on 2014-04-17
I believe I understand the basic differences between user CALS and device CALS. If there are online links to clarify my question, please advise.
For example, if I have 50 office PCs connected to a server and I have 100 users working two shifts and sharing use of the 50 PCs…then all I need is 50 device CALS. But if the reverse were true and I had 100 PCs and I had only one shift of 50 workers using those 100 computers…then all I need is 50 user CALS.
Anyway, my question is a little more specific.
Our corporate headquarter personnel (managers, supervisors, and support staff persons) all have individual login accounts (relative to Active Directory).
But in each of our remote locations the employees log each PC at that location into the Windows Active Directory user account for that location. For example, we may have 5 employees at a (remote) downtown location, but all 10 PCs (devices) at the store are logged into Windows Active Directory user account named “Downtown Store”. The same would be true for employees working at the (remote) airport location. There may be 10 PCs (devices) logged into Windows Active Directory user account named “Airport Location” but there are only 5 employees using those 10 PCs.
My question is, “If I have 10 PCs logged into the same Windows Active Directory users account (like the “Downtown Store” or “Airport Location” examples used here) is Windows only going to count the 5 physical users as needing 1 CAL each for a total of 5 CALS...for that location?
The point I need to verify is that if I have more PCs logged into the same Active Directory user account than I have physical users of those PCs, I only need to total the user CALS for the PHYSICAL users of that user account.
Thank you for your time...