- A CAL (client access license) gives a user or device the right to access Windows Server on your network via an authenticated connection
- CALs are required for each user or device that accesses Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter editions
- CALs are version-specific and may be used to access the corresponding version of Windows Server or any previous version
- User CALs deliver increased value and flexibility. With device proliferation there’s a growing trend of more devices per employee and it is easier to track users who can add devices at no additional cost
- CALs are no longer part of the OS server license. They must be purchased separately
Types of Windows Server 2016 CALs
Single user with unlimited devices
Ideal for employees who need roaming access to corporate network.
Single device with unlimited users
Ideal for multiple users for one device, such as shift workers.
Required for remote desktop access
Ideal for users who need to access programs or the desktop remotely.
Note: Remote Desktop Services requires a Windows Server CAL and an RDS CAL for each user/device.
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