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Microsoft Enterprise Client Access Licence (CAL) Suite (eCAL)

Microsoft Enterprise Client Access Licence (CAL) Suite (eCAL)

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Summary

The Microsoft Enterprise Client Access Licence (CAL) Suite brings together 11 of the latest Microsoft products to provide your people with the newest innovations in compliance, real-time collaboration, security, communication, desktop management, and more.

The Microsoft Enterprise CAL Suite provides an outstanding opportunity for customers to use their existing investments in the Microsoft core platform. Furthermore, the Microsoft Enterprise CAL Suite provides a significant cost savings compared to the purchase of individual CALs. Customers considering investments in just two of the products included in the suite will find that the economic value of the Microsoft Enterprise CAL Suite becomes compelling.

The Enterprise 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, and System Center Configuration Management Server, Exchange Enterprise, SharePoint Enterprise, Microsoft Lync™ Server CAL Standard & Enterprise, Windows Rights Management Services (RMS), System Center Operations Manager Client Management Licence, and Forefront Protection Suite.

The Forefront Protection Suite includes Forefront Protection for Exchange, Forefront Online Protection for Exchange, Forefront Protection for SharePoint, Forefront Protection for Lync Server, Forefront TMG Web Protection Service, Forefront Client Protection.
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.

Exchange Enterprise CAL functionality is "switched on" via a server setup key and is independent of the Server Edition itself (whether Standard or Enterprise). Access to certain new features in Exchange 2010 may depend on Outlook 2010.

SharePoint Enterprise CAL functionality is "switched on" via a server setup key. Although there are separate media downloads for Standard Edition Server and Enterprise Edition Server, there is in fact only one SharePoint Server, providing both Standard & Enterprise client functionality, depending on which setup key is used (Standard or Enterprise). If the Enterprise setup key is used, then all users will have access to enterprise client features though only those who are licensed for the Enterprise CAL in addition to the Standard CAL are permitted to use enterprise features. Access to certain new features in SharePoint 2010 may depend on Office 2010. Note also that it's not possible to change down from Enterprise to Standard by means of the setup key. A re-install is required. However, a Standard server can be promoted to Enterprise by entering the appropriate setup key.

Rights Management Services is enabled via Windows Server and its functionality (read/write) will depend on the Office Suite used.

Forefront Client Protection requires per device installation. Forefront for Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync Server, though offering client protection for users of these servers, are only installed on the application servers that they're designed to protect. Clients are protected at source.

System Center Client Management Suite will require an agent install on each managed device.
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