SQL 2016 CAL

How Do You Determine Which CAL You Need?

User CAL:

  • Covers a named user that will be accessing the SQL database or application.
  • Preferred if each user has numerous devices.
  • Example: User A accesses SQL Server from their phone, workstation, and laptop at home. You will purchase 1 user CAL instead of 3 device CALs.

Device CAL:

  • Covers a device that will be accessing the SQL database or application.
  • Preferred if you have numerous users who access the same device.
  • Example: You have an AM and PM warehouse team. You want both shifts to use the same device to access the SQL Database. You will need to only purchase 1 device CAL instead of 2 user CALs.

Trusted Tech Team Recommendation: 95% of CALs go under the "user" model as a majority of all access to a SQL database or application occurs on more devices than users.


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