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Microsoft Core Client Access Licence (CAL) Suite

Microsoft Core Client Access Licence (CAL) Suite

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A Client Access License enables you to connect devices or user accounts to Microsoft Servers. CAL Suites combine the most popular CALs into two convenient packages:
Core CAL Suite: Provides essential capabilities that every user needs.
Enterprise CAL Suite: Delivers Microsoft's vision for the future of productivity and tools that simplify managing devices.

The Core CAL suite is only available with Software Assurance and includes Client Access Licences (per device or per user) for any previous, current & future versions of Windows Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, System Center Configuration Management Server and Forefront Endpoint Protection.

The Microsoft Core Client Access Licence (CAL) Suite gives customers a simple, cost-effective way to establish an investment in key Microsoft technologies through a single licence.

The Microsoft Core CAL Suite includes:
  • Windows Server Standard
  • Exchange Server Standard
  • SharePoint Server Standard
  • Lync Server Standard
  • System Center Configuration Manager
  • Forefront Endpoint Protection

The Microsoft Core CAL Suite presents outstanding value and cost savings for customers looking to extend the capabilities of the Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office system platforms.
Client Access Licenses have, strictly speaking, no system requirements. However, client software used to access the four core servers will in certain cases have specific requirements.

Windows Server 2012 CAL requires no client install since the client components are included with Microsoft's desktop OS, Windows 7 Professional, or Windows XP Pro, though this is not out of mainstream support.

Exchange Server CAL doesn't include client software. Outlook 2007 or 2010 will need to be licensed separately, either as part of an Office Suite, or stand alone. Exchange Server CAL purchased with Software Assurance includes an Outlook client license.

SharePoint Client Access License requires no client install. Access to the server is via browser or through Office Suites.

System Center Configuration Manager CAL requires the installation of a client agent on each managed device.
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