Client Access License - Getting Started

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What Is Client Access License?

Client Access License (CAL) is a licensing mechanism which measures the following:

  • Number of virtual machines
  • Number of archived Exchange and Notes mailboxes
  • Number of content indexed objects
  • Amount of deduplicated data (used space of all disk libraries associated to deduplicated storage policies)
  • Number of sockets on Hypervisor hosts

Why Should I Use Client Access License?

CAL provides the following benefits:

  • Flexibility of data usage on all agents, rather than being tied to number of server and agents.
  • Allows you to purchase licenses based on your data protection needs.

Using Client Access Licenses

To start using CAL licenses, you must do the following:

  • Calculate the amount of virtual machines, archived mailboxes, and content indexed objects in the CommCell to determine the license capacity you need. Then, send this information to your software provider.
  • Apply the CAL licenses provided by your software provider to the CommCell.

Calculating the License Usage

  1. From the CommCell Console ribbon, click the Tools tab and then click License Administration.

    You can also access the license administration options from the Control Panel.
    1. From the CommCell Console ribbon, click the Home tab and then click Control Panel.
    2. Under the Tools section, click License Administration.
  2. In the License Administration dialog box, click the Usage tab and then click Save.
  3. In the Export Options dialog box, do the following:
    1. Select the file type (PDF or MHTML) from the Save File As drop-down list.
    2. Review the location where you want to save the file in the File Name box.
    3. Click OK.
  4. Send the report file to your software provider to obtain the necessary CAL licenses.

Applying Client Access Licenses

Once you obtain the license from your software provider, apply the license as follows:

  1. In the License Administration dialog box, click the Update License tab.
  2. Specify the location of the license file in the License File box. You can also click Browse to locate the license file.
  3. Click Apply.

Tip: You can generate the License Summary Report to check the licenses that you have in your CommCell environment.