When using an SQL Server CAL licensing model, which parts of the Security Expert system will require Microsoft SQL device CAL's?

Issue

With Microsoft's new licensing model there is uncertainty around which parts of a Security Expert system need to allow for addition device CAL's for SQL Server.

Product Line

SmartStruxure Solution, Other

Environment

Security Expert

Microsoft SQL Server

Cause

Unclear documentation.

Resolution

Security Expert Controllers do not talk to the SQL Server, are not a client on SQL and do not require a CAL.The Controllers talk to the Security Expert Software, not SQL or the OS.

  1. A card holding user who is NOT a Security Expert Operator will not require a CAL. 
  2. The Controller and any attached equipment are NOT a user in SQL, they do not inject or operate queries against it, so a CAL is not required.
  3. A CAL would be required for a Windows user to log into their Windows user account, and the Security Expert client would connect to the Server using the CAL associated with the Windows user account.