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Windows Server and RDS User CAL Licences

We are needing new windows server and RDS user cals. We are looking for some of them through internet and we found a webpage that are selling them. Since we are worried about the genuinity of those licences we asked them about those licences and they replied the following:
"
The software you buy from us is completely legal.
We purchase large numbers of licences from wholesalers worldwide that are not installed or delivered on computers.
These dealers buy very high quantities at low prices directly from manufacturers.
Our quality management department checks whether the product keys meet our requirements.
In addition to quality and origin, the legality of the software we sell is a top priority for us.
The software we offer has been brought to the European market from the manufacturer as a download version without a physical copy of the program. When you install the program, you enter a contract with the software manufacturer.
You can find out the details of your rights of use from this contract. The key is intended for permanent use on one computer.
We can confirm that we comply with all applicable legal provisions, and will ensure that all requirements for the legal use of the software have been met.
You will receive an invoice from us that serves as proof that you have acquired the software legally.
"
I wonder if we would have any licence breakdown if we will bough and installed those licences. So, for this reason I decided to write you and ask about. Are those licences genuines? We could buy them and use them without any problem just keeping the invoice?

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Re: Windows Server and RDS User CAL Licences

This is a complicated topic, generally Microsoft does not sell Product Keys standalone - but if such license is legal is... a legal discussion and there is no way to offer legal consultation within this forum. Generally I would recommend that those licenses come with a COA label (since it sounds like they are selling OEM software that should have a COA).

Also, the presence of a Product Key is not a proof that you have a valid license.

You can check at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/howtotell/Shop.aspx for additional guidance:

"With the exception of Product Key Cards (PKC’s) distributed with COA’s, Microsoft does not distribute products keys as standalone products. If you see a listing on an auction site, online classified ad, or other online page advertising product keys for sale, it’s a good indication that the keys are likely stolen or counterfeit. If you were to purchase and use a stolen or counterfeit product key to activate Windows installed on your PC, the key may not work for activation, may already be in use on another PC, or it might be blocked from use later by Microsoft when the key is reported stolen. "

For example: Authorized distributors for OEM software: https://devicepartner.microsoft.com/en-us/connect/distributor and other distributors: https://partner.microsoft.com/en-us/Licensing/distributors (change en-us to your locale to find some in your region).

 

In my personal opinion - if you have doubts about the validity, it might not be the right company to make business with. I would be suspicious that they did not answer that they will send a COA (Certificate of Authenticity).

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Re: Windows Server and RDS User CAL Licences

This is a complicated topic, generally Microsoft does not sell Product Keys standalone - but if such license is legal is... a legal discussion and there is no way to offer legal consultation within this forum. Generally I would recommend that those licenses come with a COA label (since it sounds like they are selling OEM software that should have a COA).

Also, the presence of a Product Key is not a proof that you have a valid license.

You can check at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/howtotell/Shop.aspx for additional guidance:

"With the exception of Product Key Cards (PKC’s) distributed with COA’s, Microsoft does not distribute products keys as standalone products. If you see a listing on an auction site, online classified ad, or other online page advertising product keys for sale, it’s a good indication that the keys are likely stolen or counterfeit. If you were to purchase and use a stolen or counterfeit product key to activate Windows installed on your PC, the key may not work for activation, may already be in use on another PC, or it might be blocked from use later by Microsoft when the key is reported stolen. "

For example: Authorized distributors for OEM software: https://devicepartner.microsoft.com/en-us/connect/distributor and other distributors: https://partner.microsoft.com/en-us/Licensing/distributors (change en-us to your locale to find some in your region).

 

In my personal opinion - if you have doubts about the validity, it might not be the right company to make business with. I would be suspicious that they did not answer that they will send a COA (Certificate of Authenticity).

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Re: Windows Server and RDS User CAL Licences

Thank you, your reply was very helpful, I will go for another choice.