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Microsoft Core CAL Suite User CAL for Government

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This Microsoft Core CAL Suite User CAL comes with Microsoft Software Assurance.

It is equivalent to the following licenses:

  • Windows Server User CAL
  • SharePoint Server Standard User CAL
  • Exchange Server Standard User CAL (provides access to both the Exchange Server Standard Edition and the Exchange Server Enterprise Edition)
  • System Center Configuration Manager Client Management License
  • System Center Endpoint Protection
  • Skype for Business Server Standard User CAL

Discounted for Government bodies and agencies.

Ideal for Software Audits.

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Eligibility for the discounted government price


These organisations are eligible for the the discounted price.

Supernational: All organizations/institutions that have a discernible regulatory or legislative role across many national governments.

National: All governmental organizations/institutions that are managed at the federal/national level, and have a remit for governing across a nation state or country. This will include parliamentary bodies and judicial bodies with powers of setting or deciding on the rule of law.

Regional: An intermediate tier of Government that does not cover an entire country but has multiple areas of local government within their governing jurisdiction This includes (1) all governmental organizations/institutions that are managed at the state/regional level and which are called
variously: regions, departments, states, landers, counties, or provinces; and (2) all departments, parliamentary bodies, regulatory authorities and judicial bodies with powers of setting or deciding on the rule of law in that region, department, state, lander, county or province.

Local: The lowest level of Government and associated administration. This includes all governmental organizations/institutions that are managed at the city, town, district, regency municipality, village, township, commune and ward level, (e.g. recreation, refuse collection, fire service, control of local services, and implementation of some national services).

Healthcare: Any governmental organizations/institutions that provide health care services and coverage, set or decide on health care policy across a nation state or country, provide funding for health care services and coverage, or have a regulatory role in health care services and coverage.

Other organisations: Any organization that is singularly accountable to, and ultimately controlled by, an internationally recognized Nation State Government.

Any organization created by legislation to perform a public purpose as described in the relevant enabling legislation or the articles of association/objectives of that organization (e.g. statutory boards, municipal corporations, government research organizations).

Overview

A Microsoft Core CAL Suite User CAL is a single license that provides you with the rights equivalent to multiple licenses.

Like other CALs, a Microsoft Core CAL Suite can be licensed on either a per-user or per-device basis. This User CAL is on the per-user basis.

Getting a Microsoft Core CAL Suite User CAL simplifies licensing and tracking by reducing the number of licenses necessary to access Microsoft servers.

Getting a Microsoft Core CAL Suite User CAL may also provide pricing that is cheaper than licensing the equivalent components individually, approximately 30 percent cheaper.

This Microsoft Core CAL Suite User CAL is equivalent to the following licenses:

  • Windows Server User CAL
  • SharePoint Server Standard User CAL
  • Exchange Server Standard User CAL (provides access to both the Exchange Server Standard Edition and the Exchange Server Enterprise Edition)
  • System Center Configuration Manager Client Management License
  • System Center Endpoint Protection
  • Skype for Business Server Standard User CAL

However, since a suite is a single license—the sum of individual CALs—this Microsoft Core CAL Suite User CAL cannot be divided among more than one user.

The required server software licenses are not included in this Microsoft Core CAL Suite User CAL and must be purchased separately.

This Microsoft Core CAL Suite User CAL comes with Microsoft Software Assurance. See the next section to find out some more about this.

How Microsoft Software Assurance affects things

With this Microsoft Core CAL Suite User CAL you are getting both perpetual license and Microsoft Software Assurance.

A perpetual license does not expire.

Software Assurance will expire after two years if it is not renewed.

While the Software Assurance coverage is active, you have the right to use the most recent version of every product in the Microsoft Core CAL Suite User CAL.

If the Software Assurance coverage lapses, because you are vested with perpetual rights, you can continue to use the Microsoft Core CAL Suite User CAL.

If the Software Assurance coverage lapses, the versions you can use are determined by the latest version of the products in effect prior to the lapse in coverage.

For example, if your Software Assurance coverage for the Core CAL Suite User CAL expired on 1 February 2017, you will have perpetual rights equivalent to the most recent version of the Core CAL Suite User CAL’s components as of that date. But you will not have rights to versions of components released after 1 February 2017 or to any products added to the Core CAL Suite User CAL after that date.

Please note that System Center Endpoint Protection will expire if Software Assurance is allowed to lapse.