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MICROSOFT WINDOWS SERVER 2012 R2 DEVICE CAL

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Buy Device CAL for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 used

In order to use the services available in the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter editions, a corresponding client access license for an end device is required in addition to the server license: the Windows Server 2012 R2 Device CAL. This gives access rights to a specific computer (PC, laptop, tablet, etc.) registered on it.

In accordance with the provisions defined in Microsoft License Management, a server license for Windows Server 2012 R2 does not include user rights, so these must be purchased additionally in the form of a Device CAL. An end device registered in this way can then be used by any authorized user to access the Windows Server functions in one of these editions.

Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 are available from Wiresoft at a reasonable price as used software - these are also available individually for flexible, needs-based licensing of the end devices. A used software access license for an end device for Windows Server 2012 R2 offers the same functionalities as the Device CALs offered as new via the regular Microsoft volume licensing program.

Get all the power of Windows Server 2012 R2 with a pre-owned Device CAL

Even with a previously used Device CAL, you can take advantage of all the features offered by Server 2012 R2, the successor to Windows Server 2012: In addition to Windows 8 support, it is also cloud-ready, which means that it can also be used to create a cloud server to back up data via an access-authorized end device.

What features and benefits do the Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter and Standard editions offer with a Device CAL?

Windows Server 2012 R2 is available from Wiresoft in the Standard and Datacenter editions. These differ mainly in the different degree of virtualization, but the range of functions is the same.

While the Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition is sufficient for those customers who do not use virtualization or only a few virtual machines, the Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition, on the other hand, offers all the necessary functions to run a virtualized private cloud environment as well as any number of virtual machines in the Hyper-V role on the Windows server used.

Among the most important new features in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, in addition to numerous improvements and other functions in the areas of networking, storage and administration, are improved access and information protection - including virtual desktop infrastructure - as well as the IP Address Management (IPAM) server feature together with a modern user interface optimized for touchscreens. Also included in Windows Server 2012 R2 are the following features, which can also be used with a used Device CAL:

  • PowerShell 3.0 for effective management of system settings
  • New Task Manager offers more performance through optimized processes
  • IIS (Internet Information Service 8.0) with Extended Validation certificate management
  • SMB 3.0 allows even faster and better access to file shares
  • Higher virtualization level with Hyper-V through improved access to virtual servers based on RDP
  • Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) sessions run through the host, eliminating the need for a direct RDP connection to the virtual server
  • Support of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 via System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2, so that both systems can be operated in parallel
  • VMs Generation 2 support the new BIOS standard UEFI as well as the integrated Secure Boot function
  • Support for Linux has been improved, dynamic memory can therefore also be used in Linux clients
  • Data deduplication also on virtual hard disks
  • SSD and SATA disks are combined into Storage Spaces
  • ReFS (Resilient File System) complements NTFS

The Microsoft licensing system with Device CALs

With the release of Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft has also updated its licensing model. Depending on the edition, a distinction is made between, among other things, licensing by cores, for which no additional access licenses are required, and licensing by server plus a company-dependent number of client access licenses (CALs). The variant of access licensing with Device CALs is the more favorable solution for smaller and medium-sized companies.

Each server license is thus supplemented with client access licenses such as the Device CAL, which provides an end device with the appropriate rights so that the respective user can then use the typical Windows Server functions. Apart from the dedicated access rights for the client/server environment of Windows Server 2012 R2, the Device CAL does not contain any other software.

Using used Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter editions

The Device CALs offered by Wiresoft as used software do not differ from comparable new Device CALs, because they offer the same possibilities to use the features available in the Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter editions. Therefore, used Device CAL s are an economical alternative for many companies and organizations to equip end devices with a server access license. The following overview lists all the advantages and special features of used software.

What CAL types are available for Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter Edition?

Client access licensing for Windows Server 2012 R2 comes in two CAL types:

  • Device CAL for Windows Server 2012 R2 - for one endpoint device (PC, Laptop, Tablet, Phone)
  • User CAL for Windows Server 2012 R2 - for one user

What are the differences between Device CALs and User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2?

A Device CAL for Windows Server 2012 R2 does not differ in features and services from the corresponding User CAL. The only difference, however, is in the respective type of access authorization for the Windows Server: With the Device CAL, a single end device is authorized for access, but it can be used alternately by several users to access the Windows Server services; depending on the number and equipment of the workstations with a computer and the typical workflows in some companies, this can be the predominant situation - in contrast to when a single user with his own account predominantly uses completely different end devices.

For example, an endpoint equipped with a Device CAL may offer more advantages in companies with shift work, where several employees share a single endpoint to check their e-mails, etc.; in this case, fewer endpoint access licenses are required. If the licensed device is a mobile device, such as a laptop, tablet, or even a smartphone, a user can access the Windows Server from any location - e.g. home office, on the road, or at another location. Thus, a Device CAL also offers mobile usage options.

What are the different usage options of a used Device CAL for Windows Server 2012 R2 in the Standard and Datacenter editions?

Depending on whether the Standard or Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2012 R2 is installed, the Device CAL also offers different functionalities: It is possible to access the Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2012 R2 with the Device CAL for the Standard Edition - however, only the limited functionality of the Standard Edition is available. Only the Device CAL for the Datacenter Edition offers its correspondingly extended scope of features and functions. If a Device CAL for Datacenter Edition is used to access a Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, only the functionality of the Standard Edition is available.

Note version compatibility for Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2

With the Device CAL for Windows Server 2012 R2, an end device has access rights for older Windows Server versions (downgrade) in addition to using the functionalities available depending on the edition. Conversely, however, the Device CAL for Windows Server version 2012 R2 cannot be used to access the higher version, such as 2016 (upgrade). When purchasing Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2, customers should therefore pay attention to the compatibility between the existing server license and the required client access license in addition to the features available for the respective edition.

What else should be considered when buying used Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2?

The Device CAL for Windows Server 2012 R2 licenses only one end device and equips it with the access rights defined per edition. Once registration is complete, the Device CAL cannot be transferred to another end device. It is also not possible to change the CAL type and use the Device CAL as a User CAL.

Such provisions for CALs defined in Microsoft License Management serve to prevent unauthorized access to Windows Server 2012 R2, giving companies greater security for data and communication, as e-mail services and server data cannot be accessed without the corresponding Device CAL.

Conclusion on Device CALs

Which type of client access licenses offers greater flexibility in a company, and therefore also the more favorable licensing option, can therefore be seen in each individual case. In addition to the number of licensed end devices to access the Windows Server, the number of users is therefore also decisive: If several users access Windows Server 2012 R2 alternately via a single end device by default, licensing with Device CALs offers more advantages.

Before making a purchase decision on CALs, a precise knowledge of the typical company processes is therefore the best starting point for selecting the CAL type for Windows Server 2012 R2. In the situation described, licensing with Device CALs is less expensive for a company than licensing with User CALs because fewer client access licenses need to be purchased.

Used Device CALs for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 in Wiresoft Online Shop

Used Device CALs for the Windows Server 2012 R2 editions are also available individually in the Wiresoft Online Shop - any Microsoft regulations on staggering licenses do not apply here; otherwise, used software has no disadvantages or restrictions compared to new licenses - not only because software does not wear out in principle, but also because there are no restrictions in functionality.

Where do the Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 offered by Wiresoft as used software come from?

Used Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 editions, as offered by Wiresoft, are original Microsoft licenses from its licensing program; before being sold by Wiresoft, they were part of a Device Volume License for Windows Server 2012 R2 purchased by a company. This volume license and also individual unused device access licenses were purchased by Wiresoft and entire volume licenses were dissolved into individual licenses. The resulting individual Device CALs are labeled as used software. Despite this designation, they can be used like a new license for access to Windows Server 2012 R2, as they do not differ from new licenses either in terms of restrictions on their functionality or in terms of their useful life.

Used Software of Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 with Buyer Assurance

Wiresoft's pre-owned software offering of Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 provides customers with buyer assurance for Windows Server 2012 R2 licensing! Used Device CALs at Wiresoft also offer the usual buyer assurance with instant download after purchase, including immediate license activation with a valid volume license key.

Is it legal to buy or use used Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2?

Wiresoft customers can rely on legal security when purchasing used Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 as well as when using them, as they do not violate any legal regulations. This is because both the used Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 and other such client access licenses available in the Wiresoft Shop come from the license inventory of companies. Therefore, the trade with used CALs is based on the valid case law, which explicitly allows the sale as well as the purchase and also the use of used Microsoft CALs; this has been clearly confirmed again and again by various court rulings.

Moreover, used software from Wiresoft offers audit security due to the complete proof of all previous buyers!

All advantages of used software for Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 at a glance

User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 as used software from Wiresoft are a lower-priced alternative compared to comparable new software from most traditional software vendors - this advantage also applies to Microsoft Server used software or other client access licenses.

Since the licensing of used Device CALs is not regulated by an otherwise often common tiering, you can license the exact number of end devices tailored according to the actual usage of Windows Server services in your company. So Wiresoft customers can also reduce the cost of acquisition through this flexible client access licensing for endpoints.

Used access licenses from Wiresoft also offer a particularly practical way of supplementing your own software inventory at a reasonable price, because the offer is also available for multiple software versions. This also allows you to avoid compatibility problems that could be caused, for example, by the parallel use of different software versions, and therefore reduce the cost of purchasing new hardware. In the Wiresoft Software Shop you can find not only Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 editions but also the corresponding User CALs as used software.

The Wiresoft used software offer includes Microsoft software for many other areas - with all the advantages mentioned above. If you have any questions about Device CALs for MS Windows Server 2012 R2 or any other Microsoft product, please feel free to contact us via chat, email or phone.

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