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The US Licensing Group can help your company plan and procure Volume Licensing for all Microsoft products and services, including:

Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows Server
Microsoft Sharepoint
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Exchange
Microsoft System Center
Microsoft Lync

Specializing in the volume licensing of Microsoft products and services, our expert licensing team can help your company evaluate, plan, and procure the right software solutions to meet your specific business needs.

Microsoft Windows

Per device. Licensing for the Windows operating system is measured by device, with one license needed per physical hardware system on which the operating system is installed or virtually accessed; usage rights also include storage on one storage device, such as a network server. Additive licensing options are available to accommodate different types of remote usage.

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Microsoft Windows Server

Per server, or per CPU pair + CAL. Microsoft offers four editions of Windows Server 2012, and the licensing model varies with the different versions. In the Foundation and Essentials versions, one license per server is required.

In Windows Server 2012 Standard, licensing is measured by the number of CPU pairs and users. Each base license covers up to two processing chips or virtual instances of the software (copies of the software within a virtual hard drive); for each additional pair of processors or virtual instances of the software, additional base licenses must be purchased. In addition, each user or device accessing the software must have an assigned Client Access License (CAL).

The licensing formula for Windows Server 2012 Datacenter is similar, but because this version has no limit on the number of virtual instances per licensed server, only enough licenses for the number of physical processors are needed.

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Microsoft Sharepoint

Server + CAL, or per running instance. There are two licensing models for Microsoft SharePoint Servers, and the distinction between them is driven by who has access to the content, information and applications provided by the servers. SharePoint Server 2010 is licensed using a server + Client Access License (CAL) model, while SharePoint 2010 for Internet Sites is licensed per running instance as a Specialty Server; no CALs are needed.

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Microsoft SQL Server

Per core. With Microsoft SQL Server 2012, a new server software licensing model has been introduced that more accurately assesses computing power: the Per Core licensing model. Most servers contain a number of processing units called “cores,” and under this licensing model, every server running SQL Server 2012 software or any of its components must be assigned an appropriate number of SQL Server core licenses. The number of licenses needed depends on whether you are licensing the physical server or virtual Operating System Environments; this leads to a corresponding “core factor” of either physical or virtual cores. Unlike previous versions of SQL Server, the Per Core model allows access for an unlimited number of users or devices, without any need for Client Access Licenses.

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Microsoft Office

Per device, or per user.Microsoft Office is measured by device, with one license needed per physical hardware system on which the software is installed or virtually accessed; usage rights also include storage on one storage device, such as a network server. Each license includes rights to all products that are part of the corresponding Office suite, and additive licensing options are available to accommodate different types of remote usage.

A license for Office Standard 2013 includes rights to Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Outlook 2013, OneNote 2013, Publisher 2013 and Office Web Apps. A license for Office Professional Plus 2013 includes rights to all of previously mentioned products, plus Access 2013, Lync 2013 and InfoPath 2013.

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Office 365, an online subscription service that enables users to communicate and collaborate using Microsoft Office via the cloud, is licensed per user. Each user of Office 365 must be assigned a separate license before using the software and services and depending on the subscription level, may use one license of Microsoft Office on up to five devices.

Although Office 365 generally refers to cloud-based services rather than desktop applications, certain Office 365 subscription plans include a subscription to Office desktop applications in addition to the cloud-based services. Office 365 provides hosted versions of Microsoft's Server products, including Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync.

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Microsoft Exchange

Server + CAL. When deploying Microsoft Exchange Server, a license must be assigned for each instance of the server software that is being run. In addition, Exchange requires a CAL for each user or device that accesses the server software.

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Microsoft System Center

Per server instance + SML/CML. Licensing for Systems Center 2012 involves a few different components and layers. First, a server license must be acquired for each instance of the server software that is run in a physical or virtual Operating System Environment (OSE).

Once the server itself is licensed, you must acquire the appropriate management licenses. There are two categories of management licenses, server management and client management; the category of license required depends on the operating system software running within an OSE. Once that determination is made, there are two types of client management licenses to consider: one for managed OSEs and one for users.

All System Center 2012 Server Management Licenses with active Software Assurance qualify for the License Mobility through Software Assurance benefit, which allows you to assign server management licenses to manage applications running on a public cloud infrastructure.

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Microsoft Lync

Server + CAL. Lync Server 2013 provides the foundation for Microsoft Lync, a unified communications platform that provides a consistent, single client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice, video and integrated multi-component meeting environments, including Skype functionality.

A server license must be assigned for each instance of the server software that is running the front-end server role. In order to simplify and consolidate server licensing options for 2013, Lync Server Standard editions and Enterprise editions have been replaced with a single license for all deployment scenarios. Lync Server 2013 includes all of the features previously reserved for Enterprise edition clients.

In order to access Lync services, Client Access Licenses (CALs) for the Lync Server are required Three CALs are available: Lync Standard CAL (IM, presence), Lync Enterprise CAL (audio, video, web conferencing), and Lync Plus CAL (Enterprise voice features). Enterprise CALs and Plus CALs are additive to the Standard CAL, which is considered the “base CAL.” CALs are available as either device CALs or user CALs.

End-users may also need either a User Subscription License (USL) or a Client License, depending on the path that they access the Lync Server. In addition, if Lync communication tools are being accessed by external users, an External Connector License will be needed.

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