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Karl-WE
Level 2 Contributor

Clarification on CAL + SA equivalency rights of Microsoft 365 subscription licenses

Scenario:

 

- Customers obtained Microsoft 365 licenses through CSP. 

- Also owns licenses Windows Server CAL + SA via OL / OV / OVS or S / S+ licensing program from a time before users got assigned M365 licenses.

- all users have one M365 E3 or higher license assigned.

The main licensing page has a link that describes the equivalency of Microsoft Windows Server CAL and SA equivalency of SL named subscription licenses.

https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/terms/product/CALandMLEquivalencyLicenses/EAEAS
This information is found generally on the licensing terms webpage, not related to EA/EAS program.

 

3 Questions arise:

1. Where to find CSP specific license terms? Product Services > Online Services state nothing about this linked equivalency.

 

2. The link contains EA/EAS which would normally assume it is limited to Enterprise Agreement (subscriptions) but it is not found limited on the EA/EAS scope, but on the main page.

3. If it is true that M365 licenses through CSP contain the equivalent rights, is it correct to assume that for these users that have such license assigned they no longer need additional Windows Server CAL + SA licenses.

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Thanks for your point of views, most welcome with quotations and links from the commercial licensing terms webpage.

 

Best regards,

Karl Wester-Ebbinghaus

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JanoschUlmer
Microsoft

@Karl-WE Actually this "feedback & Support Discussion" group is not intended for getting help on specific question, but discussing support options and experiences itself. However, I currently don't know where to refer to for this, unless you have an assigned Partner Development Manager at Microsoft who could reach out to the licensing team. Other option for getting licensing support would be to contact the Distributor, which in turn can contact Microsoft via their own channels on the same.

 

Disclaimer: The below is not an official confirmation of compliance or legal consultation. Accuracy of the information is based on my personal understanding of your scenario and licensing terms are subject to change.

 

For CSP the contract to select is Microsoft Customer Agreement. But you are correct, there is no difference reg. licensing programs for this. It does not matter how a license was bought, all include CAL equivalency (Since the licensing terms nowhere state the opposite that for licenses under Microsoft Customer agreement there would be no CAL equivalency).

 

So yes, the customer in your scenario seems to not need to buy additional CALs if every user has M365 E3 licenses (And there is no need to license any devices that access Windows Server that are not used by M365 E3 licensed user).

 

Reg.

1. Where to find CSP specific license terms? Product Services > Online Services state nothing about this linked equivalency.

"Online Services" does not refer to CSP - Online Services refer to services available under various licensing programs. MCA as selector for the agreement type refers to CSP.

 

2. The link contains EA/EAS which would normally assume it is limited to Enterprise Agreement (subscriptions) but it is not found limited on the EA/EAS scope, but on the main page.

The Link can also be created with MCA agreement type:Commercial Licensing Terms (microsoft.com)

 

 

Kind regards, Janosch
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Karl-WE
Level 2 Contributor

Thank you Janosch for your helpful reply, even though I picked wrong forum, I can confirm what you said. 

JanoschUlmer
Microsoft

@Karl-WE Actually this "feedback & Support Discussion" group is not intended for getting help on specific question, but discussing support options and experiences itself. However, I currently don't know where to refer to for this, unless you have an assigned Partner Development Manager at Microsoft who could reach out to the licensing team. Other option for getting licensing support would be to contact the Distributor, which in turn can contact Microsoft via their own channels on the same.

 

Disclaimer: The below is not an official confirmation of compliance or legal consultation. Accuracy of the information is based on my personal understanding of your scenario and licensing terms are subject to change.

 

For CSP the contract to select is Microsoft Customer Agreement. But you are correct, there is no difference reg. licensing programs for this. It does not matter how a license was bought, all include CAL equivalency (Since the licensing terms nowhere state the opposite that for licenses under Microsoft Customer agreement there would be no CAL equivalency).

 

So yes, the customer in your scenario seems to not need to buy additional CALs if every user has M365 E3 licenses (And there is no need to license any devices that access Windows Server that are not used by M365 E3 licensed user).

 

Reg.

1. Where to find CSP specific license terms? Product Services > Online Services state nothing about this linked equivalency.

"Online Services" does not refer to CSP - Online Services refer to services available under various licensing programs. MCA as selector for the agreement type refers to CSP.

 

2. The link contains EA/EAS which would normally assume it is limited to Enterprise Agreement (subscriptions) but it is not found limited on the EA/EAS scope, but on the main page.

The Link can also be created with MCA agreement type:Commercial Licensing Terms (microsoft.com)

 

 

Kind regards, Janosch
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