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Exchange 2016 license requirements

Hello folks
I'm looking to replace an instance of SBS 2011 with server 2016 standard and exchange 2016 standard.

I know we need an Exchange CAL for each mailbox and to purchase a license for both Exchange and server 2016. my question is, do I need to purchase a CAL for Server 2016 for each Exchange user CAL? I have read conflicting information, it sounds like we do not, but I want to be sure we don't do the wrong thing here.

thanks everyone.
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no you dont have a purchase a separate user CAL for each user for server 2016. your assumption is correct.
CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server. See the Product Use Rights for details

Remote Desktop Services use different CAL's (I call them RDS CALS)

With this license type, a CAL is required for each user or device that accesses the server software. There are two types of CALs for Exchange, both of which work with either edition of the server:

In many cases getting a Core or Enterprise CAL SUITE works out to be cheaper
every active user need CAL .

you can see the emc sumary culculations .
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Agree with Mr Lee W
You might want to also look at Core CALs. These combine Windows CALs with others like Exchange, Skype, Sharepoint, etc.... It may save money depending on what you have in your network.
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Thanks everyone.