MICROSOFT WINDOWS SERVER 2016 USER CAL
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User CALs for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 as used software
In order for a user to be able to use the services available in the Standard and Datacenter editions of Microsoft Windows Server 2016, a client access license is required in addition to the respective server license: the Windows Server 2016 User CAL. This gives a specific registered user the corresponding access rights, which he can use on any Windows-enabled end device.
Since, according to Microsoft license management regulations, the server license for Windows Server 2016 does not include access rights for users, these must be purchased separately in the form of a User CAL.
User CALs for the Windows Server 2016 editions Standard and Datacenter available from Wiresoft are available at a reasonable price as used software - moreover, they are also available individually - for flexible, needs-based licensing of all users. These used User Access Licenses for Windows Server 2016 have the same functionality as the User CALs offered as new through the regular Microsoft Volume Licensing Program.
Use all services of Windows Server 2016 with a used User CAL
With a used User CAL you can use all features that are available in the
Server version 2016, the successor of Windows Server 2012: Windows Server 2016 supports Windows 10 and can also be used to create a cloud server to provide and backup data on it.
Windows Server 2016 is available from Wiresoft in Standard and Datacenter editions. These include features such as Core & Nano server deployment and the Host Guardian service, further they offer the use of virtualization/Hyper-V containers in addition to Windows server containers. Exclusively in the Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2016, the use of features such as Software Defined Networking (SDN), Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), Storage Replica as well as network stacks (Protocol Stack) and Shielded Virtual Machines (Shielded VMs) is possible under the prerequisite of a corresponding User CAL, these are primarily functionalities that are required in particular in larger companies with extensive workloads and several virtual systems in use.
Overview of User CALs for the editions Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter as used software
User CALs offered by Wiresoft as used software are functionally the same as new User CALs because they contain the same usage of the features and services available in the Windows Server 2016 editions Standard and Datacenter respectively. Used User CALs are therefore an economical solution for many companies and organizations to provide users with a personal server access license. For more details, see the following overview.
Microsoft Management of Client Access Licenses at Windows Server 2016
Microsoft License Management details the supplemental access licensing of users of Windows Server 2016 editions Standard and Datacenter to access email, contacts, calendar, and other services. While the server license also includes access licenses, these are for administrators only, so they cannot be used for user-typical services. These can only be used with a corresponding client access license, such as the User CAL, which gives a specific, individual user his or her corresponding access rights, which he or she can access via a terminal device of his or her choice. Apart from these dedicated user access rights for the client/server environment of Windows Server 2016, the User CAL does not contain any additional software.
What CAL types are available for Windows Server 2016 Standard- and Datacenter edition?
The Microsoft licensing model Client Access Licensing for Windows Server 2016 offers two types of CALs:
- User CAL for Windows Server 2016 - for one dedicated user
- Device CAL for Windows Server 2016 for a dedicated endpoint device (PC, Laptop, Tablet, Phone)
What are the differences between User CALs and Device CALs for Windows Server 2016?
Basically, the same functions and services can be used with a User CAL for Windows Server 2016 as with a Device CAL. Both differ only in who or what is licensed with it: The User CAL allows the dedicated user to access the Windows server services on a freely selectable end device alternately and independent of location; depending on the number and equipment of workstations in a company, this can be the predominant work situation - in contrast to when several users use one and the same end device with their own account.
Thus, a user who is authorized via the User CAL can use any Windows-capable end device with a suitable operating system version to make use of the Windows services. For example, he can use his laptop on the road instead of the stationary computer at his workplace, and in the home office he can use the PC or laptop available there. Especially if employees often work mobile and check their e-mails or access server data, etc., licensing with User CALs can be more cost-effective than licensing with end devices.
What specific usage options are offered by User CALs for Windows Server 2016 in the Standard and Datacenter editions?
Depending on whether the Standard or Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2016 is installed, different functionalities are available with a User CAL: It is also possible to use the Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2016 with a User CAL for the Standard Edition - but with the restriction that only the functionality of the Standard Edition is then available. Because only with a User CAL for the Datacenter Edition the extended scope of services and functions is available with the Datacenter Edition server license.
Conversely, with a User CAL for the Datacenter Edition, only the correspondingly defined functionality can be used when accessing a server licensed for the Standard edition.
Note version compatibility of User CALs for Windows Server 2016
With the used User CAL for Windows Server 2016, as already mentioned, an employee can not only use the functionalities contained depending on the edition, but this also contains the access rights for older Windows Server versions, such as 2013 (downgrade). However, the reverse is not possible, so that the User CAL for the Windows Server version 2016 cannot be used to access the higher version 2019 (upgrade).
Therefore, when purchasing User CALs for Windows Server 2016, attention should be paid not only to the respective usable functions per edition, but also to the compatibility between server license and client access licenses.
What else should you consider when licensing Windows Server 2016 with User CALs?
The User CAL for Windows Server 2016 licenses exactly one user and equips him with the usage options of the respective server edition. After the registration has been completed, this User CAL can no longer be transferred to another user. It is also not possible to change the CAL type and use the User CAL as a Device CAL.
The purpose of these provisions defined in Microsoft License Management is to prevent unauthorized access to the Windows Server 2016, which provides greater security both for communication and for the data itself, since without the appropriate User CAL, third parties cannot access the e-mail services or server data.
Conclusion on User CALs
Which type of client access license for a particular company offers more usage options for Windows Server 2016 and also represents the more favorable licensing option therefore depends on the individual case. In addition to the number of users, the decisive factor is how many end devices are used to access the Windows server: As soon as the majority of users use very different end devices to access the services of Windows Server 2016, licensing with User CALs offers more advantages.
Therefore, before purchasing CALs, it is advisable to check what the typical workflow in a company looks like in order to find the most suitable CAL type for Windows Server 2016. Then, licensing with User CALs can be cheaper than licensing with Device CALs because fewer client access licenses need to be purchased.
User CALs for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 available as used software in the Wiresoft Online Shop starting at a single license
Used User CALs for the Windows Server 2016 editions can also be purchased individually in the Wiresoft Online Shop, as there is no graduation as is usually the case with Microsoft licensing regulations; otherwise, the used software has no disadvantages or restrictions in functionality - not least because software cannot wear out in principle.
Where do the used User CALs for Windows Server 2016 offered at Wiresoft come from?
The User CALs for the Windows Server 2016 editions offered by Wiresoft as used software are original licenses, as they are also offered within the scope of the Microsoft licensing program; the only difference is that they were previously part of a user volume license for Windows Server 2016 that a company had purchased. These volume licenses or individual user access licenses were purchased by Wiresoft, with the volume licenses being broken up into individual licenses. The resulting individual user CALs are referred to as used software. Despite being labeled as "used", they can be used like a new license to access Windows Server 2016, as they do not differ from them in terms of restrictions on functionality or time of use.
Used software with User CALs for Windows Server 2016 with buyer security
Even with used User CALs from Wiresoft, customers can rely on the usual buyer security with instant download after purchase, including immediate license activation with a valid volume license key.
Is the purchase and deployment of used software legal for User CALs for Windows Server 2016?
The purchase of used User CALs for Windows Server 2016 as well as their use is legally unobjectionable for customers, as no legal regulations are violated in the process. Firstly, the User CALs for Windows Server 2016 offered in Wiresoft Shop, as well as other client access licenses, come from the license inventory of enterprises. Therefore, the sale as well as the purchase and use of used CALs is based on the applicable case law, which explicitly allows the trade and use of Microsoft used licenses; this fact has been clearly confirmed several times by various court rulings.
Another advantage of Wiresoft used software is its audit security due to the complete proof of all previous buyers!
Summary of your advantages with used software for User CALs for Windows Server 2016
The User CALs for Windows Server 2016 offered by Wiresoft as used software are a low-priced alternative compared to comparable new products from conventional software providers - this price advantage also applies to other Microsoft Server used software or access licenses from Wiresoft.
Since licensing with used User CALs eliminates the otherwise often common tiering, with Wiresoft you can tailor your need for client access licenses to the actual use of the Windows server services in your company. Thus, flexible client access licensing of users for Windows Server 2016 can also reduce your cost of acquisition.
The Wiresoft used license offer is also a particularly inexpensive way to supplement your software inventory because multiple versions of a particular software are available in the process, thus avoiding compatibility problems that could be caused, for example, by the parallel use of different software versions, which can also reduce the cost of purchasing new hardware.
In the Wiresoft Software Shop you can find User CALs for the available Windows Server 2016 editions as well as the corresponding Device CALs as used software. Furthermore, the Wiresoft used software offer also includes applications for other areas in which Microsoft software is used - with all the advantages mentioned. If you have any questions about User CALs for MS Windows Server 2016 or any other Microsoft product, please feel free to contact us via chat, email or phone.