Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Licensing

By now you probably already know that Microsoft Lync is the name for Microsoft Office Communications Server brand, and new Lync Server 2010 and Lync clients should be out before the end of this year.

Lync Online should be released during the first half of 2011.

Pricing and Licensing

Lync Server 2010 follows the Server/Client Access License (CAL) model. Under this model, a Lync Server 2010 license is required for each operating system

environment running Lync Server 2010. A CAL is required for each user or device accessing the Lync Server. You can acquire Lync Server 2010 CAL as standalone servers and Client Access licenses (CAL) or you can purchase the CALs as part of the Microsoft Enterprise CAL (ECAL) Suite. Lync 2010 is the client software used to interact with the Lync Server 2010 Server and is licensed separately as a standalone license, or available via Office 2007 Pro Plus and Office 2007 Enterprise.

Lync Offerings

Server Offerings

  • Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition:

    Standard Edition requires that primary server components, as well as the database for storing user and conference information, be configured on a single computer. Standard Edition is recommended for organizations that do not require higher availability through load balancing.

  • Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Edition:

    Enterprise Edition enables separation of server functionality and data storage to achieve higher capacity and availability. Enterprise Edition is recommended for organizations that require higher availability through load balancing.

CAL Offerings

  • Lync Server 2010 Standard CAL
  • Lync Server 2010 Enterprise CAL
  • Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL
The tables below illustrate the additional new and improved features contained within the Lync Server 2010 CAL offerings:

Instant Messaging and Presence

Instant Messaging and Presence

Audio, Video, and Web Conferencing

Audio, Video, and Web Conferencing

Enterprise Voice Technology

Enterprise Voice Technology
The Lync Server 2010 Standard CAL is a prerequisite to both the Lync Server 2010 Enterprise CAL and Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL. Any versions of the CALs may run on either the Standard or Enterprise version of the server. Additionally, both Lync Server 2010 Standard and Enterprise CALs are components of the Microsoft Enterprise CAL Suite – the Plus CAL can only be acquired standalone.

Client Software

Lync 2010 is the client software used to interact with the Lync Server. Lync 2010 is available as both a stand-alone product and is also included in Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010.

Other Offerings

Public IM Connectivity (PIC) remains a separate license, unchanged from the current Office Communications Server 2007 R2 offerings.

Additional Software

The following additional software components are associated with the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Server license (either the Enterprise Edition or the Standard Edition):

The Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition server roles:

  • Microsoft Lync Server 2010 as deployed in:
    • Archiving and Monitoring Server Role
    • Audio/Video Conferencing Server Role
    • Central Management Server Role
    • Lync Web Application Server Role
    • Director Role
    • Edge Server Role
    • Group Chat Server Role
    • Mediation Server Role
    • Reach Application Sharing Server Role
    • Survivable Branch Appliance Role
    • Unified Communications Application Server Role
    • Web Conferencing Server Role
  • Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Control Panel
  • Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Web App Plug-In
  • Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Group Chat Administration Tool
  • Microsoft Lync 2010 in UISuppressionMode
  • Topology Builder
  • Administrative Tools
  • Microsoft PowerShell Snap-In

License Transition from Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to Lync Server 2010

Qualified Office Communications Server 2007 R2 with Software Assurance customers will have the following license migration rights to the corresponding Lync Server 2010 offerings as described by the following table:
Lync License Qualifying License
Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Standard Edition
Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Edition Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Enterprise Edition
Lync Server 2010 Standard Client Access Licenses Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Standard CAL
Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Client Access Licenses Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Enterprise CAL
Lync Server 2010 Plus Client Access Licenses Refer to Grandfathering Policy
Lync Server 2010 Lync Server 2010 External Connector Standard Office Communications Server 2007 R2 External Connector Standard
Lync Server 2010 Lync Server 2010 External Connector Enterprise Office Communications Server 2007 R2 External Connector Enterprise
Lync Server 2010 Lync Server 2010 External Connector Plus Refer to Grandfathering Policy

Pricing

NOTE: If you are outside of the United States and Canada, you can get pricing information from your local Microsoft office. Find contact information for your local Microsoft office on the Microsoft Worldwide Information site. All prices reflect pricing for purchases within the United States and are in U.S. dollars. The prices listed are estimates; reseller pricing can vary.
Server license offerings Estimated price
Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition $699
Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Edition $3,999
CAL offerings Estimated price
Lync Server 2010 Standard CAL $31
Lync Server 2010 Enterprise CAL $107
Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL $107
Other license offerings Estimated price
Office Communicator 2007 R2 stand-alone license $31
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About David Lim

David has over 15 years of experience in IT industry in designing and implementing Microsoft Solutions ranging from small to enterprise customer. He also has experience in designing and developing Microsoft Unified Communications, Collaboration and Office 365 solutions with focus on Exchange, Lync & SharePoint as well as strategic migration planning in complex business environments. He is specializing in architecture and design of Lync Voice deployments. He has been actively involved in various speaking engagements, the recent being the sessions on Lync On-Premise and Office Interoperability in September 2011 and Office 365 Introduction in November 2011. In recognition of his high-quality real-world technical excellence with the community and with Microsoft, David received the prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award in April 2011.
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