MICROSOFT WINDOWS SERVER 2012 R2 USER CAL
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Buy used User CALs for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
In order to be able to use the functions available in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 - which is available from Wiresoft in the Standard and Datacenter editions - in addition to the server license, a client access license is also required per user: the Windows Server 2012 R2 User CAL. It grants a registered user the corresponding access rights, which he can then use on any Windows-capable end device.
According to Microsoft license management regulations, the server license for Windows Server 2012 R2 does not include any additional user rights, so these must be purchased additionally in the form of a User CAL. Only the user registered with this is therefore authorized to access the Windows Server functions.
User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 are not only available from Wiresoft at particularly low prices as used software - they can also be purchased for as little as one client access license - for flexible, needs-based licensing of employees. Used software access licenses for Windows Server 2012 R2 offer the same functionalities as corresponding User CALs offered in the Microsoft volume licensing program as new goods - if available there at all.
Make full use of Windows Server 2012 R2 with a used User CAL
Even the already used User CALs offer all the usage options of the server version 2012 R2, the successor of Windows Server 2012: Due to the support of Windows 8, it is also cloud-ready, so that a cloud server can be created in order to use data via an end device in the cloud.
What features and benefits are available in the Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter and Standard editions with a User CAL?
The Windows Server 2012 R2 version is available from Wiresoft as Standard and Datacenter Edition. The feature set is the same, but they differ in the different level of virtualization capabilities:
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition is designed for those companies that either do not use virtualization at all or only run a few virtual machines, whereas Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition contains all the functions to run a virtualized cloud environment as well as any number of virtual machines in the Hyper-V role on the Windows Server used.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 includes the IP Address Management (IPAM) server feature and the following new features, which are also available with a used User CAL, in addition to numerous optimizations to features in the areas of networking, storage and management - for example, with improved access and information protection and a virtual desktop infrastructure with a user interface optimized for touchscreens:
- New more powerful Task Manager
- Internet Information Service 8.0 with Extended Validation certificate management
- SMB 3.0 for faster and easier access for file sharing
- Hyper-V offers higher virtualization level with access to virtual servers based on RDP
- PowerShell 3.0 for effective management of system settings
- Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) sessions run through the host, eliminating the need for a direct RDP connection to the virtual server
- System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 supports Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 for parallel operation
- Generation 2 VMs support Secure Boot and the UEFI BIOS standard
- Improved support for Linux with Dynamic Memory on Linux clients
- Data deduplication on virtual disks
- Storage Spaces connect SSD and SATA disks
- NTFS was supplemented by the Resilient File System
User CALs in the Microsoft licensing system
Along with the release of Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft has updated its licensing model. In it, depending on the edition, either licensing by server cores is possible, so that no additional User CALs are required, or licensing of the server plus a respective required number of Client Access Licenses (CALs). The latter variant of access licensing with User CALs is therefore often the more cost-effective solution for small and medium-sized enterprises.
In this case, each server license is supplemented by User CALs, for example, which grant a user the appropriate rights to use the typical Windows Server functions. Apart from these access rights for the client/server environment of Windows Server 2012 R2, the User CAL does not contain any other software.
Using User CALs as used software for Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter editions
The User CALs offered as used software in the Wiresoft Shop are therefore no different from new User CALs: they offer the same options for using the services available in Windows Server 2012 R2 per Standard or Datacenter Edition. Used User CALs are a more economical option for many companies and organizations to provide employees with a server access license; moreover, such older CAL versions are usually not even offered new. The following overview summarizes all the advantages and special features of CAL used software.
What CAL types are available for Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter editions?
Client access licensing for Windows Server 2012 R2 is available as two CAL types:
- User CAL for Windows Server 2012 R2 - for one user
- Device CAL for Windows Server 2012 R2 - for one end device (e.g. PC, Laptop, Tablet, Phone)
What are the differences between User CAL and Device CAL for Windows Server 2012 R2?
User CAL and Device CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 do not differ in the available features and services. The fundamental difference is in the way the access authorization for the Windows Server is granted: With the User CAL, an individual is authorized to access the Windows Server services; with this personal account, he or she can use completely different end devices for this purpose, alternately and regardless of location, provided that these are Windows-enabled and have a compatible operating system version. This means that the user can, for example, use a laptop or tablet while on the road, the stationary computer at the workplace beforehand, and their personal PC or laptop at the home office, etc. Licensing with User CALs can therefore be more advantageous than endpoint licensing if employees in a company often work on the move and frequently check their e-mail or access server data, etc. - as opposed to a work situation where several users use one and the same registered endpoint.
What is the scope of the used User CAL for Windows Server 2012 R2 in each of the Standard and Datacenter editions?
Depending on whether the Standard or Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2012 R2 is installed in a company or similar, different functionalities are available via the User CAL: It is possible to use the Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2012 R2 with a User CAL for the Standard Edition - however, only the limited functionality of the Standard Edition is available. The User CAL for the Datacenter Edition offers the extended scope of features and functions for the Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition. If Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition is accessed with this User CAL, then only the functionality of the Standard Edition is available.
Note version compatibility of User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2
The User CAL for Windows Server 2012 R2 gives the registered user, in addition to the usage rights of the functionalities available depending on the edition, usage rights for older Windows Server versions (downgrade). Conversely, the User CAL for Windows Server version 2012 R2 does not include rights for higher server versions such as 2016 (upgrade). Before purchasing User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2, you should therefore not only consider the features available per edition, but therefore also pay attention to the compatibility between existing Windows Server license and client access license.
What else should I look for when buying used User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2?
As mentioned above, the User CAL for Windows Server 2012 R2 licenses only a single user and equips him with the access rights defined per edition. Once its registration is completed, the User CAL cannot be transferred to another user. In principle, it is also impossible to change the CAL type and use the User CAL as a Device CAL.
These provisions for User CALs defined in Microsoft License Management are intended to prevent unauthorized access to Windows Server 2012 R2, which gives companies more protection of data and security in communications, as server services and data cannot be accessed without the User CAL.
Conclusion on used User CALs for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
Which client access license type offers greater flexibility as well as the more cost-effective licensing in an organization is determined on a case-by-case basis. In addition to the number of licensed employees accessing Windows Server, the number of endpoints in use is also important: As soon as the majority of users access Windows Server 2012 R2 via different endpoints and locally independently, licensing with User CALs offers more advantages.
The best starting point for choosing the CAL type is therefore a precise knowledge of the typical company processes for using Windows Server 2012 R2. In the example situation described above, licensing with User CALs is more favorable for the company than licensing with Device CALs because fewer client access licenses need to be purchased.
User CALs for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 as used software in Wiresoft Online Shop
User CALs as used software for Windows Server 2012 R2 are available in the Wiresoft Online Shop for as little as one license - any otherwise valid Microsoft regulations on license scaling do not apply here; otherwise, used software does not offer any differences in the form of disadvantages or restrictions compared to new licenses - also because software cannot wear out in principle.
Where does Wiresoft used software of User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 come from?
The used User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 offered by Wiresoft are original licenses from the Microsoft licensing program; as such, they were part of a User Volume License for Windows Server 2012 R2 purchased by a company and then sold to Wiresoft. Entire volume licenses were thereby broken down into individual licenses and the resulting individual User CALs are referred to as used software, but can be used like a new license for access to Windows Server 2012 R2, as they can be used again for registration, since they do not differ from new licenses either by restrictions in their functionality or in their period of use.
Buyer assurance for used User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2
Wiresoft's used software offer for User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 provides customers with security when licensing Windows Server 2012 R2! Used User CALs therefore include the usual buyer assurance with instant download after purchase, including immediate license activation with a valid volume license key.
Is it legal to buy and use used User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2?
When purchasing used User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as when using them, Wiresoft customers can be confident that they do not violate any legal requirements. Used User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 - as well as other client access licenses available in Wiresoft Shop - come from the license inventory of companies. Therefore, when trading with used User CALs, the valid case law applies, which explicitly allows the sale as well as the purchase and use of used Microsoft User CALs; this has been clearly confirmed several times by various court rulings. Used software from Wiresoft offers here also audit security by the complete proof of all former buyers!
Advantages of used User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 at a glance
Used software from Wiresoft for User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 is not only inexpensive, but also compared to the CAL offer of most software vendors still available here in the store, even though it is not a current version - these advantages also apply to Microsoft other client access licenses and server licenses as used software.
In addition, licensing with used User CALs eliminates the often common tiering, so you can license the exact number of endpoints in your organization tailored to your actual usage of Windows Server services.
Used CALs from Wiresoft offer the practical possibility of also supplementing older software inventories, because the offer is available for both current and older software versions; this means that compatibility problems, such as might be caused by the parallel use of different software versions, can be avoided, which also reduces the cost of purchasing new hardware.
In the Wiresoft Software Shop you can find not only User CALs for Windows Server 2012 R2 editions but also the corresponding Device CALs as used software. Furthermore, the Wiresoft used software offer for Microsoft software also includes other programs - with all the above-mentioned advantages. If you have any questions about User CALs for MS Windows Server 2012 R2 or any other Microsoft product, please feel free to contact us via chat, e-mail or phone.