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JohnJ
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Azure Hybrid Benefit and User CALs

I have a client who is looking at moving to Azure.  They are intrigued by the cost saving of using their Windows Server licenses through the Hybrid Benefit.  It is very clear that there is a nice cost saving with that model.  The question that no one has been able to answer is about Windows User CAL requirements using this licensing model.  I have found this page:  https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/licensing-faq  It states:

Does a customer need Windows Server Client Access Licenses (CALs) to connect to a Windows Server image that is running in Azure Virtual Machines?

No. Windows Server CALs are not required for accessing Windows Server running in the Azure environment because the access rights are included in the per-minute charge for the Virtual Machines. Use of Windows Server on-premises (whether in a VHD or otherwise) requires obtaining a separate license and is subject to the normal licensing requirements for use of software on-premises.

It does discuss the CALs, but is not clear as to the Hybrid Benefit model.  My client requires a clearly defined document stating the requirements.

Thanks.  -John

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