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Project Server 2013 Licence clarification

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  • Hi All,

    I want to procure 100 CAL for Project server 2013. Do I need to procure 100 CAL for Sharepoint also? SInce Sharepoint is a prerequestic Iam confused whetehr the CAL needs to be procured for Sharepoint aswell. Can some one please confirm or provide some url.

    Thanks in advance

    Roy Joyson


    Roy Joyson

    Saturday, September 07, 2013 6:17 AM

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  • To license Project Server for users, you must have SharePoint Standard and SharePoint Enterprise CALs for each user, in addition to a Project Server User CAL.  I believe Project Professional comes with the Project Server User CAL.

    For licensing questions, always contact Microsoft Licensing.

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/


    Trevor Seward, MCC

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    • Marked as answer by RoyJoyson Saturday, September 07, 2013 8:16 AM
    Saturday, September 07, 2013 6:27 AM

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  • To license Project Server for users, you must have SharePoint Standard and SharePoint Enterprise CALs for each user, in addition to a Project Server User CAL.  I believe Project Professional comes with the Project Server User CAL.

    For licensing questions, always contact Microsoft Licensing.

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/


    Trevor Seward, MCC

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    This post is my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of Microsoft, its employees, or other MVPs.

    • Marked as answer by RoyJoyson Saturday, September 07, 2013 8:16 AM
    Saturday, September 07, 2013 6:27 AM
  • Thanks for the quick Response Trevor. Much appretiated.

    Roy Joyson

    Saturday, September 07, 2013 8:16 AM
  • Trevor's advice is correct, with two corrections.

    1. Project Professional does not come with a Project Server User CAL. It comes with a Device CAL. This means that Project users may not access Project Server from any device other than their primary device unless they separately purchase additional Device CALs or a User CAL.

    From the January, 2014 Product List:

    "Customers who license Project Professional 2013 will be deemed to have one Project Server 2013 Device CAL."

    2. The need for Project Server users  to also have a SharePoint Enterprise CAL is, as far as I can tell, undocumented in official documents such as the Product List or Product Use Rights. While white papers (and forums like this one) may state it as a requirement, it is not.

    Product Use Rights identifies the following functions in SharePoint that require a SharePoint Enterprise CAL. The list does not include Project Server functionality.

    "Additional Functionality:
     Business Connectivity Services Line of Business Webparts
     Office 2013 Business Connectivity Services Client Integration
     Access Services
     Enterprise Search
     E-discovery and Compliance
     InfoPath Forms Services
     Excel Services, PowerPivot, PowerView
     Visio Services
     PerformancePoint Services
     Custom Analytics Reports
     Advanced Charting"


    Paul DeGroot Principal Consultant Pica Communications "Solving the Microsoft Licensing Puzzle"

    Friday, January 17, 2014 11:55 PM
  • Since Project Server is an addon, it would not be mentioned in the SharePoint PUR, but it does require Enterprise as Project Server leverages Enterprise-only features, such as PerformancePoint.

    Trevor Seward

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    Friday, January 17, 2014 11:59 PM
  • I'm not sure what you mean by an "add-on." It is a separately licensed product with dependencies of SharePoint and SQL server. I would guess that if the Performance Point service in SharePoint is not started no Enterprise CAL would be required. 

    I consider it a significant defect in Microsoft's documentation that this dependency is not documented, and since it is not documented I do not consier it a requirement. It is not explicitly stated as such in the applicable contract documents and any Microsoft customer would be justified in assuming this requirement does not exist. There is no language here compelling a Project 2013 customer to acquire SharePoint CALs of any kind and customers could reasonably ignore assertions that they have a legal requirement to purchase those CALs.

    An obvious place to do it would be in the section on licensing requirements for Project Server. Here are the requirements for Project Server 2013. It does not mention a SharePoint CAL requirement.

    BASE CALs
    You need:
     Project Server 2013 CAL, or
     Project Online User SL, or
     Project Pro for Office 365 User SL

    Note also the (badly worded) language in the Product list (this is from Note 75 in the Nov. 2012 PL, the last to include Project 2010).

    "Project Server 2010
    One-time exception in connection with the new technical dependency of the Project Server 2010 software
    on SharePoint Server 2010. As a result, Project Server 2010 customers will require SharePoint Server 2010
    and SharePoint Server 2010 Standard and Enterprise CALs."

    This clause was removed in the next edition of the Product list, which was the first to include Project Server 2013. On what grounds would you assume that, when a requirement is removed from the Product List, it is really still there?

    The evidence is that this requirement was in place for Project 2010 but has been removed for Project 2013. 

    This would seem to be consistent with the other significant changes to licensing for SharePoint 2013 (which I view very positively), such as the elimination of CAL requirements for external users.


    Paul DeGroot Principal Consultant Pica Communications "Solving the Microsoft Licensing Puzzle"

    Saturday, January 18, 2014 12:40 AM