Will Essentials work for me?


  • I can't seem to figure out if this will work for me. Essentials says up to 25 users and 50 devices. Is this function similar to CALs?

    I may be assigning ~60 users (probably far less will request computer access, but our membership consists of that many) to use up to 3 shared workstations but possibly as many as 5. I will never even approach 50 devices, but the assigned user count may well exceed 25. However, there is no possibility of more than 5 users at one time.

    Will Essentials work in this scenario?

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013 4:30 PM


  • The user and device count does have some similarity to CALs, but unlike CALs which are either user or device, Essentials has the limitation on *both* simultaneously. Since you'd have more than 25 unique users, Essentials would not be a good fit.

    Especially with the shared workstation scenario, server standard with 5 device CALs would probably make the most sense.

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013 5:12 PM