Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard CAL's
Posted on 2014-12-17
Iv'e been in contact with Microsoft's support online and Sales and I'm a bit confused about the licensing with Windows Server 2012 R2. More exactly when I need to purchase CAL's. They have told me different things about the CAL requirement.
I have already purchased Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. I intend to set it up to share files and folders over the internal network. Plain old file sharing. Do I need to purchase user CAL's for this?
As one of the MS online representative told me in one occasion, since it's a R2 I only need user CAL's if I were to use e.g. Remote Desktop Services, or install a SQL server. For "built-in" features such as filesharing and/or e.g. running a website with IIS I don't need CAL's.
Another MS guy told me I need CAL's as soon as "users" accesses the server so whats the deal? Who is right?