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On Premises CALs included with Office 365 subscriptions

On Premises CALs included with Office 365 subscriptions

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Q: (from Bill)

Could you verify this benefit and help me understand it further?

 

A: (with help from Todd Sweetser – Thanks)

I wasn’t aware of this, but “Yes”, Office 365 licenses do confer client access (CAL) rights for equivalent on-premises technologies. Here’s the relevant segment out of the SharePoint Product Use Rights(PUR):

 

For SharePoint Server 2010:

The license terms that apply to your use of this product are the Universal License Terms, the General License Terms for this Licensing Model, and the following:

  • Self-Hosting of Applications Allowed: No
  • Additional Software: Yes (See Appendix 3)
  • License Mobility Within Server Farms: Yes (See General Terms)

BASE CALs

You need:

  • SharePoint Server 2010 Standard CAL, or
  • Core CAL Suite1, or
  • Core CAL Bridge for Windows Intune2, or
  • Enterprise CAL Suite1, or
  • Enterprise CAL Bridge for Windows Intune2, or
  • Office 365 Plan E1 User SL, or
  • Office 365 Plan E2 User SL, or
  • Office 365 Plan E3 User SL, or
  • Office 365 Plan E4 User SL, or
  • SharePoint Online Plan 1 User SL, or
  • SharePoint Online Plan 2 User SL

1 With active Software Assurance coverage on April 1, 2010, or later

2 With active Software Assurance coverage on March 1, 2011, or later

ADDITIVE CALs

Additional Functionality:

  • Business Connectivity Services Line of Business Webparts
  • Office 2010 Business Connectivity Services Client Integration
  • Access Services
  • InfoPath Forms Services
  • Excel Services
  • Visio Services
  • PerformancePoint Services
  • Custom Analytics Reports
  • Advanced Charting

Required Additive External Connector:

  • SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise CAL, or
  • Enterprise CAL Suite1, or
  • Enterprise CAL Bridge for Windows Intune2, or
  • Office 365 Plan E3 User SL, or
  • Office 365 Plan E4 User SL, or
  • SharePoint Online Plan 2 User SL

1 with active Software Assurance coverage on April 1, 2010, or later

2 with active Software Assurance coverage on March 1, 2011, or later

In other words, if I am subscribing to Office 365 E1 plan for 20 users, I could also provide Standard access to an on premise SharePoint 2010 server for the same 20 users without having to purchase additional SharePoint CALs. (This benefit does not change the licensing requirements for other support/associated technologies. In this example, you would still need to acquire the Windows Server, SQL Server, and associated CALs to support the SharePoint Solution – added May 8th, 2013 based on customer questions)

And I found comparable wording for Exchange and Lync. Wow!

 

SDeming Face  Steve

Comments
  • Do you know if this would include the SQL CALS necessary?

  • No - SQL CALs needed to support SharePoint would still need to be aquired

  • You also still need the SharePoint server license for the on-premise server installation. The SL's only covers the users accesing the server.

  • Hi, I have been chasing Microsoft for licenses to use for managing our O365 environment from the on-premise exchange server, but I am getting the run-around. It appears that no one at Microsoft has the slightest clue about these licenses, can you point me in the direction of someone who would be able to confirm that this is still valid?

  • Agree 'License'! No one has a clue! I use System Centre Endpoing Protection with CoreCAL, and if I now move to Office365 I have to continue the CORECAL just for the Endpoing Proteciton licenses (which includes SP and Exchange servers CALS). That's the best part of £7000 a year I'm throwing away if I want to move to Office365! It's a joke!

  • Mike - there's a better way to do this - my organisation can help (www.softcat.com). Please email me at jonfo@softcat.com

  • Do I need to purchase additional user CAL if i am a office 365 user just to access exchange server?

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