Definition

Windows Server Client Access License (CAL)

Contributor(s): Tayla Holman

A Windows Server Client Access License (CAL) is a license that gives a user or device the right to access services, such as printing or access to a file share, from a server running the Windows Server operating system (OS). Microsoft offers device CALs and user CALs. A user CAL must be purchased for every user who accesses the server to use services. This is a more common licensing arrangement and grants each user the right to access server services from several different devices. A device CAL must be purchased for each device that accesses the server and is appropriate for machines that are used by several users, such as in a call center.

This was last updated in July 2016

Continue Reading About Windows Server Client Access License (CAL)

Dig Deeper on Enterprise Infrastructure Management

PRO+

Content

Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

Join the conversation

2 comments

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

Which Windows Server CAL makes the most sense for your organization?
Cancel
Is there a (annual) renewal required for Microsoft Server 2008/2016 Datacenter Client Access License?
Cancel

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

SearchServerVirtualization

SearchCloudComputing

SearchExchange

SearchSQLServer

SearchWinIT

SearchEnterpriseDesktop

SearchVirtualDesktop

Close