Dynamics CRM is customer relationship management (CRM) server software that offers tools for storing and analyzing customer records.
It is available in two editions, each appropriate for different sizes and types of organizations. Additionally, several different licensing configurations are available. The licenses you should request depend on the number and kind of users and devices with access to the CRM database and the level of access needed.
You can use this guide to find the Dynamics CRM server and licenses appropriate to your organization's needs.
The two editions of Dynamics CRM 2013 server available through TechSoup are Dynamics CRM Server and Dynamics CRM Workgroup Server.
Dynamics CRM Server 2013 operates under the Server/CAL licensing model. That means users and devices require appropriate client access licenses (CALs) to access the server software. It offers a multi-tenant architecture, meaning that it allows organizations to maintain multiple, distinct CRM databases on one server with only one server license.
Dynamics CRM Workgroup Server 2013 is a specially licensed edition of CRM Server and does not operate under the Server/CAL licensing model. No client access licenses (CALs) are needed. CRM Workgroup Server 2013 includes licenses for a maximum of five users to access a server from any number of computers or other devices. If you later need to support more than five users, you can request Dynamics CRM Server 2013 through TechSoup.
Dynamics CRM Server 2013 requires a CAL for each user or device accessing a server. Dynamics CRM Workgroup Server 2013 does not require CALs.
There are three standard types of CALs, which are available either per user or per device. There are also two supplemental types of CALs, called Additive Use CALs, that add functionality to an existing CAL. The following table provides information about the standard CALs offered through TechSoup. More details about these and the supplemental CALs follow the table.
xRM is a third-party company that provides Microsoft Dynamics CRM application hosting, software development, and consulting.
The Professional CAL gives a user or device access to all Dynamics CRM server capabilities.
The Basic CAL gives a user or device access to basic CRM functionality on a Dynamics CRM server.
The Essential CAL gives a user or device limited access to custom application services on a Dynamics CRM server.
This CAL upgrades a Basic CAL's functionality so that it matches a Professional CAL. When used in conjunction with a Basic CAL, this additive CAL allows a user or device access to all Dynamics CRM server functionality.
This CAL upgrades an Essential CAL's functionality so that it matches a Basic CAL. When used in conjunction with an Essential CAL, this additive CAL allows a user or device access to basic CRM functionality on a Dynamics CRM server.
If you received a donation of Dynamics CRM 2011 from TechSoup with active Software Assurance benefits, you can get an upgrade to Dynamics CRM 2013 as follows:
For more information, see Volume Licensing Service Center – Software Assurance Benefits.
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