Do I need to buy Client Access License (CAL) if my client PCs merely use domain service of the Windows Server 2022 (i.e. do wee need any CAL for user/device who are joining DC?)

Amit 1 Reputation point
2024-02-06T07:14:45+00:00

Dear Friends, Do I need to buy Client Access License (CAL) if my client PCs merely use domain service of the Windows Server 2022 (i.e. do we need any CAL for user/device who are joining DC?) Thanks.

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  1. Thameur-BOURBITA 28,471 Reputation points
    2024-02-06T07:56:06.9033333+00:00

    Hi @Amit

    you don’t need to buy a CAL license to join computer to domain. CAL license is required only for specific services like Remote Desktop.

    Please don’t forget to accept helpful answer

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  2. Karlie Weng 12,281 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2024-02-07T03:00:32.15+00:00

    Hello,

    There are opposite answers online. But based on below 3 links:

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/answers/questions/328793/do-i-really-need-cal-license-do-active-direcory

    https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2110203-do-i-need-cal-for-domain-controller

    https://serverfault.com/questions/889968/are-cal-licenses-necessary-for-this

    If your client PCs are merely using domain services from a Windows Server 2022 (such as joining the domain), you do need CALs.

    Information below may be some help:

    CALs: Each user or device that accesses licensed servers requires a Windows Server CAL (Base CAL). Each user or device that accesses advanced functionality on the licensed server requires the CAL associated with that functionality (Additive CAL). Additive CALs must be licensed in addition to the corresponding Base CALs for access to advanced functionality

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    you may view Licensing Resources and Documents here: https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/docs/view/Windows-Server

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