In a fully licensed Active Directory Environment (each user having his/her own PC running Windows 7). My question is not relating to the overall licensing but just about Windows Server User CALs.

Will I need a Windows Server User CAL per user for the SharePoint 2010/2013 server - what if I had three Frontend servers? Or will I only need a SharePoint User CAL? What about SQL Server Server CALs? Will I only need the Server CAL, licensed per server core - or also SQL User CALs?

  • Did you find the answer to your question. We have the same dilemma..
    – user15636
    Mar 15, 2013 at 16:05

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As far as I undestood licensing now: The users don't need a separate Server User CAL as the users aren't accessing the servers themselves e.g. by RDP connection.

I also won't need SQL User CALs, only the Server CAL.


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