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moshields
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Microsoft User CAL management

We have encountered a challenge in determining our true MS User CAL consumption and are looking for insights as to how others have tackled this issue with FNMS. The consumption reported by FNMS is roughly double the total number of active user accounts we have. Looking at the CAL Usage Inventory report the count appears to be an accounting of every unique system \ resource a particular user has accessed.  i.e. each unique user account can \ does several consumption entries.  The bottom line question is: How are others tracking User CAL compliance?

Thanks in advance.

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Community Manager ChrisG Community Manager
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Re: Microsoft User CAL management

CAL consumption is indeed difficult to determine. What needs to be counted, what data is available to support that counting, and how to go about doing the counting can all vary based on the particular software in question.

FlexNet does take somewhat of a "sledgehammer" approach to trying to do a consumption count as you have described, but in many (perhaps even most) cases that won't reflect the reality that you are dealing with. More typically you will want to be considering things like the number of devices, people or other relevant metrics from your organization and doing an appropriate manual determination of consumption. You can use a license record in FlexNet with a "custom metric" license type to record the consumption you have determined.

There are some more comments about Microsoft CALs in the Microsoft Practice Guide (this link will only work for Flexera customers who are signed in to Community).

(Anything expressed here is my own view and not necessarily that of my employer, Flexera. If my reply answers a question you have raised, please click "ACCEPT AS SOLUTION".)
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