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SUMMARY: Knowing who, when, and what needs a Client Access License (CAL) is a great question and one our team answers often. Under most scenarios, CAL requirements are generally straight forward, however, there are several specific scenarios which we address below. In this Licensing How To post, we cover the basics of Client Access Licensing, and recap a few common scenarios which may apply to you.
The Licensing How To series posts are provided by our Customer Service Presales and Licensing team members. These scenario based licensing topics are written on trending topics and issues based on their interactions with customers, Partners, and field sellers. For more posts from the Licensing How To series, search the “Licensing How To” tag on this blog.
It’s a question we answer daily, “I have scenario X, Y, or Z. Do I need a CAL?” Server software licensed via the Server / CAL licensing model always requires some sort of server license (which may be per instance or per processor depending on the Product) as well Client Access Licenses (CALs) for users and/or devices to access the server software. However, the question of who or what needs a CAL, along with any noted exceptions, varies by product.
The feedback from customers and partners since our December launch of the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA), a new licensing agreement for both on-premises software and online services, has been very positive. As hoped, they are finding it a simpler way to purchase and manage software.
“The entire licensing purchasing and management experience is so much simpler and more aligned with what I want it to be.” – Joel Albertson, WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES
“The user experience has definitely improved. The portal is a lot more user friendly and provides a simple step-by-step way to enter information.” – Kelly McCormick, CDW
Customers are finding value in consolidating multiple agreements into one MPSA, and an easier experience establishing online services, for example going from obtaining a quote to having users up and running in under a day. Our early customer satisfaction ratings are also showing significantly higher results than customers on older agreements.
SUMMARY: What is reimaging and what role does licensing play? Reimaging is the copying of software onto multiple devices from one or more standardized images. Understanding the licensing guidelines related to reimaging is important to maintain software compliance within your organization. In this Licensing How To post, we cover our top 5 questions related to reimaging.
When writing our “Licensing How To” series we tend to stick to subjects that are frequently asked and are not already covered in another resource. While the Reimaging Rights brief is the definitive resource, we thought we would share the top five questions we get on this important Volume Licensing benefit. We would encourage anyone reading this post to read the content covered in the brief, as this information is supplemental to the brief.
As the end of support approaches for Windows XP and companies are looking to upgrade to Windows 8.1, many are looking at the best way to finance the switch. Microsoft Payment Solutions can help companies modernize their technologies, defer payments and start to realize return on investment (ROI) in updated systems as quickly as possible.
Microsoft provides payment solutions that let you combine software, services and hardware into a single payment plan. Flexible repayment programs let you spread out the costs of updating over monthly, quarterly or semiannual payments, and adjust payments to fit your cash flow by ramping up over time or customizing to align with business cycles. And it’s easy to add new software purchases or additional services to an existing contract.
The most popular New Year's resolution?? Yup, you guessed it - drop a few pounds and streamline that waistline. Well, websites often "bulk up" over time and can use a good cleanse too. There’s nothing more infuriating than poking around a website and it taking too long to find what you’re looking for or discovering that what you had imagined was located there is absent.
We continue to listen to feedback and aim to make changes to the Volume Licensing website on MS.com that address those concerns and improve the overall experience for our visitors. The team has been working hard to kick off the New Year with a refresh of a key area and are delighted to point you to the completely re-designed Software Assurance area!