Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Services 2022, User CAL, RDS CAL, Client Access License
Product information "Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Services 2022, User CAL, RDS CAL, Client Access License"
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CAL (Client Access License) is the authorization to access the server and use its services.
A CAL is not software.
Remote Desktop 2022 User CAL
If you want to access the Windows Server 2022 from outside, you need a so-called Remote Desktop Service CAL, which is abbreviated as RDS CAL. This is a fixed part of the Microsoft licensing model that allows external access. With a Remote Desktop 2022 User CAL it is possible to access the Win Server Standard 16/24 Core or the Win Server 2022 Datacenter 16/24.
As with the Win Server 2022 Standard User CAL, access is bound to a user, not to the device used. This makes it best suited for users who regularly work on a specific endpoint device and thus need to access the server directly or indirectly.
What about the RDS User CAL?
The RDS 2022 User CAL allows remote access to the Windows Server 2022. In other words, the license allows you to use the available functions and retrieve corresponding data. Since it is a "per user" access license, it is assigned to a user and not to a device. For this reason, licenses are not assigned temporarily, but are fixed.
On the other hand, companies that assign the same device to several users, for example for different shifts, benefit from the Remote Desktop 2022 Device CAL. It is assigned per device, but can also be used temporarily.
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Possible applications of the RDS User CAL?
The Remote Desktop Server User CAL not only allows access to Win Server 2022 in its various editions. The licensing model is an integral part of Microsoft and is used in different products for this reason. This applies to both the traditional User CALs and the Remote Desktop 2022 User CAL. If the user is equipped with this license, he can use all functions of the respective product as usual. The only difference is that this is not done within the company building, but for example in the home office. The following products also use this model and can be used by remote licenses from outside:
- Microsoft RDS
- Microsoft SQL
- Windows Server
- Microsoft Exchange Server
- Microsoft Sharepoint
However, due to the different product lines with different functionality, it is important to pay attention to the compatibility. To access Windows Server 2022, a different license is required than for direct or indirect external access to Exchange Server.
How many Remote User CALs does the company need?
In order for users to work from home or generally access the server remotely, they will need a Windows Remote Desktop Services CAL. User CALs are directly associated with a user. For companies, this means that each employee who needs to access the server from outside needs a separate license. The device used is not taken into account. It is therefore not possible to share a User CAL. As of September 2021, you can expect to pay around 30 euros per Remote Desktop Service CAL per user.
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