MS licencing fun

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Hi

We are looking at upgrading our core MS applications and OS and the licencing seems to differ from distributor to distributor.
Can someone help clarify the following:

  • Exchange Server - we are hybrid exchange 2010 with ALL mailboxes in 365.  Do we need to licence exchange 2019 or 2016 or do MS offer a free key still?
  • Exchange cals - as above - i'm assuming the exchange online plan 1 covers the cals for users/devices?
  • Windows server cals - we have bought 60 windows 10 licences - one supplier says we dont need cals, the other two say we do..?
  • SQL server - we will be using two standalone SQL servers, of which one is production servicing live clients and data, the other SQ lserver is online but for DR/BC usage only.  Do we need two server licences or one?

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Exchange Server - we are hybrid exchange 2010 with ALL mailboxes in 365.  Do we need to licence exchange 2019 or 2016 or do MS offer a free key still?

 You can still get a key:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/exchange/2018/07/20/hybrid-configuration-wizard-and-licensing-of-your-on-premises-server-used-for-hybrid/

Exchange cals - as above - i'm assuming the exchange online plan 1 covers the cals for users/devices?

For an Exchange Hybrid deployment, your users need an Enterprise plan in O365.  Also note that you are not allowed to host mailboxes on the Exchange server.  So your question doesn't apply here.

The whole intent of a hybrid deployment to is to migrate you to Office 365, and that's the focus.  There's quite a bit of info here:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/exchange-hybrid

Windows server cals - we have bought 60 windows 10 licences - one supplier says we dont need cals, the other two say we do..?

  From what I know you do, and it's always been that way.   If a client touches a server, it needs a CAL.

SQL server - we will be using two standalone SQL servers, of which one is production servicing live clients and data, the other SQ lserver is online but for DR/BC usage only.  Do we need two server licences or one?

 Two.   Licensing for SQL server is covered here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2017-pricing

Keep in mind that with any software vendor, this is how they make their money.   It's extremely rare that in any situation you don't need a license for something.

Jim.

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Sure, we deployed hybrid exchange and migrated all mailboxes to Exchange online - plan 1, not enterprise.   We dont use the o365 suite.  
We use exchange for management.

I read that exchange post and it talks about 2019 not being supported...

Thanks for the other bits.
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SQL is a tricky one. I pretty sure that the newest license model for SQL is pure core and depending on your purpose you will need a SQL CAL per user or connection.   I am not sure if the price, but a good, honest licensing reseller will help you find the right fit.
Note you will also need Windows Server license for this as well plus Windows Server CAL'a

On the server front:  if you are using Standard it is server license per instance of Windows Server or the is the virtual machine use rights.
Server CAL are not machine specific. So if you have 10
Servers and 150 users you only need 150 Server CAL's and 10 Server.

Exchange is similar to SQL. You need both a server license and a Exchange license along with server CAL's and Exchange CAL's

Final thoughts any reseller that says you don't need CAL's is a lier and a thief. Don't even consider doing work with them

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