Client Access Licenses (CAL) are required for accessing Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter. They are available in two different types:
- RDS User Client Access License
- RDS Device Client Access License
Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is a centralized desktop and application platform for desktop delivery and management. This allows you to fully connect employees at remote locations. Accessing the server requires appropriate access licenses that are assigned to either a user or a device.
- Server access with Remote Desktop per user
- Allows a user access to a server via Remote Desktop
- Access from various devices to the server
- Access also to servers with older Windows operating system
- Ideal for companies whose external employees need access to the desktop and programs
Differences between USER CAL and DEVICE CAL
The User Client Access License (User CAL) is designed to provide customers with an easy-to-manage and cost-effective way to allow user access to the server software from any device.
With the User CAL, you purchase a CAL for every user who accesses the server to use services such as file storage or printing, regardless of the number of devices they use for that access. Purchasing a User CAL might make more sense if your company’s employees need to have roaming access to the corporate network by using multiple devices, or from unknown devices, or if you simply have more devices than users in your organization.
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. Device CALs may make more economic and administrative sense if your company has workers who share devices, for example, on different work shifts.
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