Posted by: kurtsh | January 24, 2012

INFO: Lync 2010 PLUS CAL Grandfathering Policy

Did you know you might be licensed for the Lync PLUS CAL already?

In July 1st, 2009, Microsoft announced that they’d be splitting off the “Voice over SIP/PBX integration” licensing from the OCS Enterprise CAL into a new separate CAL called the “Voice CAL” – later renamed to the “Lync PLUS CAL”.  This had the effect of reducing the cost of OCS/Lync Enterprise CALs but requiring customers to license a new 3rd CAL to get voice-over-SIP/PBX integration.

  • To compensate customers that had already licensed the OCS Enterprise CAL on Software Assurance, Microsoft granted licensing for the Lync PLUS CAL automatically to customers that had made a OCS Enterprise CAL purchase under SA prior to the release of Lync 2010. (Jan 21st, 2011)  The number of Lync PLUS CAL licenses granted were equal to the number of OCS Enterprise CALs owned at that time under SA – these come at no cost.  Beyond this, customers could then get SA on the Lync PLUS CAL to get WAVE 15 licenses.
  • Additionally, if the OCS Enterprise CAL purchase was made prior to July 1st 2009, the customer was entitled to not only the Lync 2010 PLUS CALs but also “Lync PLUS CALs for WAVE 15” coming this year, assuming again that OCS Enterprise was on SA.  This means that for two releases, the customer does not have to pay for anything to get the Lync PLUS CAL.  Not even Lync PLUS CAL SA costs.

Note that the Lync 2010 PLUS CAL is worth $107/CAL retail.  It’s a huge value. (http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/HowToBuy/Pages/pricing.aspx)
…hence, knowing exactly when you purchased OCS Enterprise CALs on SA is very important.

Here are the documented Lync 2010 PLUS CAL grandfathering rules:

    • Purchased prior to July 1st 2009 and maintain SA:
      • You will receive a perpetual license of Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL at its general availability (GA) date.
      • If you maintain SA on the Office Communications Server ECAL or the ECAL Suite, you will have access rights equivalent to the rights under the Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL for two releases (Lync Server 2010 and release N+1 where N=Lync Server 2010).
      • You may separately renew the Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL SA at your first renewal period post the release N+1 in order to maintain SA benefits of future releases.
    • Purchased after July 1st 2009 and before the release of Lync Server 2010 and maintain SA:
      • You will receive a perpetual license of Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL at its GA date.
      • You may separately renew the Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL SA at your first renewal period post the Lync Server 2010 GA in order to maintain SA benefits of future releases.

Written documentation on this is available here: http://download.microsoft.com/documents/UK/Danmark/partner/ocs/Lync_Server_2010_-_Grandfathering_Reference_Guide_Customer_Ready.docx

NOTE:  Lync 2010 was released for General Availability on 1/21/2011 per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=15708


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