One CAL per domain user?

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Hello there,

I'd like to know if I need two separate User-CAL's, if I want to use one PC but with two different A/D accounts. The background is that my company wants to give every employee one account with admin rights and one account without.

Additionally it would be great if you know an official source from Microsoft that supports your answer.

Thanks!

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Hi,
I think it's better for your use case to purchase per device license instead, so you can have as many users as you want on the device
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/product-licensing/client-access-license

there is a Technet post similar to this which has an answer:
"you don't need purchase CAL for each user/computer adding to AD and you only need appropriate amount of CALs for your users or devices to use Active Directory legally."

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/3f6e7a87-2f6f-4feb-8531-6df1026415c0/do-i-need-cal...


https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/news/default