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Do I need CALs in this scenario?

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  • Hi!

    I am thinking of the following setup:

    |============|
    |       Internet         |
    |     Users  BYOD    |
    =============
                   ||
                   || access
                   \/

    ================                                                             ==================
    | SYNOLOGY providing    |          Synology as LDAP Client                |         SERVER 2012 R2     |
    | RADIUS, Cloud, Chat    |    ======================>      |                                       |
    | Office, Mail, ...             |                                                                 |        LDAP with USERS     |
    ================                                                                    =================
                /\
                || access
                ||
    |=============|
    |  WIFI/INTRANET      |
    | Users BYOD & PCs   |
    ==============

    (Sorry for ASCII drawing, I'm not allowed to post pictures or links here yet. I hope it does not get scrambled...)

    • The users are in the LDAP of the Windows Server AD.
    • The Synology will be a client of that LDAP.
    • All the services which require authentication (see picture) will be hosted on the Synology.
    • The RADIUS is also the Synology RADIUS service.
    • There will be no direct connection of any user or PC to the Server 2012 R2. Only the Synology is a client of the AD/LDAP

    My Question: Do I need User or Device CALs for this scenario?

    Thanks!

    Ben




    Sunday, April 14, 2019 4:44 PM

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  • Something here may help.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/product-licensing/client-access-license

    legal licensing questions are better directed towards your reseller's trained licensing specialist or ask Microsoft directly.

    https://www.microsoft.com/Licensing/servicecenter/Help/Contact.aspx

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.

    Sunday, April 14, 2019 4:56 PM
  • Hi,

    Windows Server CALs are needed for your deployment. In general, any user or device that accesses Microsoft server software directly or indirectly legally requires at least one CAL. Your environment is based on Active Directory and it is the Windows Server function and need CALs.

    Whether User or Device CALs, it depends on your requirements. In general:
    1. 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.  
    2. Device CALs may make more economic and administrative sense if your company has workers who share devices, for example, on different work shifts.

    Best Regards,
    Eve Wang


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    Monday, April 15, 2019 8:08 AM
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  • Hi,

    How things are going there on this issue?

    Please let me know if you would like further assistance.

    Best Regards,
    Eve Wang  

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    Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:07 AM
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  • Hi,

    Is there any update?

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    Best Regards,
    Eve Wang

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    Monday, April 22, 2019 1:05 AM
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