Gone are the days when you had to select the right mix of software modules to meet your business requirements. With Microsoft Dynamics AX, there are no multiple, complicated modules to understand, count, license and track, there are only Server Licenses and CALs for users or devices.
Microsoft says they have listened to their worldwide partners and customers to understand what they can do to increase the value of the Microsoft Dynamics AX offering and improve the purchasing experience of customers.
Microsoft Dynamics AX is available under the Server/CAL licensing model. With the release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, the Server License introduces a significant new set of capabilities within retail, master data management, warehouse management and transportation management as well as enhanced Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services.
Whenever a user directly or indirectly accesses the solution, they must be licensed by a User CAL or, if the solution is being accessed by a device, it must be licensed with the appropriate device CAL.
Within the license structure, four tiers of CALs are available with options to license either a user or device. This model brings a degree of flexibility to organisations in being able to select the right license based on the role and functional requirement of the user. The following CALs are available within the application:
Customers have the flexibility to decide on the level of investment they make based on the functions a certain group of users is performing on behalf of the organisation. More functionality and value is derived as you progress from the lowest level CAL (Self-Serve) to the highest level (Enterprise).
Before you run any element of the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Server software under a Server license, you must assign that license to one of your servers. That server is the licensed server for that particular license. You may assign other Server licenses to the same server, but you may not assign the same license to more than one server. There is only one server edition.
The Server license includes one Application Object Server (AOS). If you want or require additional server instances or AOSs you must purchase additional Microsoft Dynamics AX R3 Server Licenses.
Multiplexing is the use of hardware or software to reduce the number of devices or individuals that access or use the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 solution by pooling connections. However, this does not reduce the number of licenses required to access the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 solution. Any user who accesses the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, whether directly or indirectly, must be properly licensed.
Licenses for additional software that may be required for the solution, such as Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft SharePoint Server and their corresponding CALs, are not included with the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 licenses. They must be acquired separately in accordance with the licensing models for those products. These licenses may be purchased through traditional volume licensing channels.
Each business is unique and it is beyond the scope of this blog to include price points as the cost of the solution is based on each customer’s needs.
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