What is Windows CAL license?

A client access license (CAL) is a commercial software license that allows client computers to use server software services. For example, an instance of Windows Server 2016 for which ten User CALs are purchased allows 10 distinct users to access the server.

Does Windows Server 2019 include CALs?

The Windows Server 2019 licensing model includes both Cores + Client Access Licenses (CALs).

How many CALs does Windows Server 2019 Standard come with?

This Windows Server 2019 licensing package offers CALs in a quantity of five. It covers a remote desktop service CAL, which is necessary for access to programs on a physical desktop. The standard license follows a single-basic license model with a minimum of eight and 16 cores per processor and server, respectively.

Are CALs per server?

Device CALs 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.

What is the difference between datdatacenter edition and standard edition?

Datacenter edition is licensed under the Per Core/CAL* license model and requires a Windows Server CAL for access to the server. Standard edition is ideal for customers with low density or non-virtualized environments.

What are the features of Windows Server Datacenter Edition?

Features exclusive to the Windows Server Datacenter edition include Shielded Virtual Machines, software-defined networking, Storage Spaces Direct, and Storage Replica. Windows Server also includes features like unlimited Windows Server containers. 1 Windows Server Standard edition license limited to single Storage Replica volume up to 2TB.

What is the licensing for the Datacenter Edition?

The licensing for Datacenter edition will continue to be processor plus CAL (Client Access License), with each license covering up to two physical processors on a single server.

Are Cals required for Windows Server 2016 Essentials Edition?

It is important to note that CALs are only required for Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter editions. For Windows Server 2016 Essentials edition, CALs are not required. Want to learn more about Core-Based Licensing?