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CAL licence

I am buying a server to my office. it will be used as domain controller and as a file sync for mechanical design application (PDM) for the PDM - no user will work remotly on the server. all applications are running on the users station solely, it is only the file sync. meaning - i am uploading a file from the server, i work on it, and the check in my updates and upload to the server. do i need CAL licence?

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Hi,
We have not heard from you for several days, any update?

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Sorry
my understanding is that since i am using a VM ware on the Server, i need the following:
1. for the domain controller, i need a CAL which is core based
2. for the PDM, i need a SQL CAL






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since i am using a VM ware on the Server

Whether physical or virtual makes no difference
in the case of virtual, the hypervisor used would not make any difference.

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KarlieWeng-MSFT answered ·

Hello @ggzik-9929

Yes, you will need CALs for file services.

Any client requires a CAL in order to access the server. It does not matter what service they are using, they need the CAL..

In a client/server environment the normal process is for clients to store their files on the server and not on the client. This gives a centralized location to then back up.

Have a look at Client Access Licenses and Management Licenses for further details.

Thread for your reference: Do I need CAL for my Windows Server 2016 Standard if it's used only for data sharing?


Best Regards
Karlie


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DSPatrick answered ·

You may need windows Cals.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/product-licensing/client-access-license

Better to raise legal licensing issues with your reseller's trained licensing specialist or ask microsoft directly.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/about/officelocator

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thanks. Microsoft refuse to answer. told me to tall with the reseller. I have one reseller that say I need and the other that say I don't need it.

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Some general info
- Any user or device that accesses Microsoft server software directly or indirectly legally requires at least one CAL
- With the User CAL, you purchase a CAL for every user who accesses the server to use services such as file storage or printing, regardless of the number of devices they use for that access.
- With a Device CAL, you purchase a CAL for every device that accesses your server, regardless of the number of users who use that device to access the server.

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ggzik-9929 answered ·

thansk
you were very helpful

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