This item, SQL Server 2012 User CAL, is through the MICROSOFT OPEN LICENSE PROGRAM (OLP)
OLP/SA = Open License Program - Software Assurance. Your order will be registered directly with Microsoft's Open License Software Assurance Program. We will register your license the same day of your order, but it will take Microsoft 2-5 days to complete the order. This will provide you with 2 years of free upgrades for the software title that you purchased. They will send you your license to the email address on the order. If your license includes software and/or product keys, this Open License Order Confirmation email will provide a direct link to Microsoft's website for your download and/or product key.
Microsoft's Open License Program is called "Open", because it is open for anyone and everyone, as there are no restrictions on purchasing this product. You can be an individual, a small business, a large corporation, a non-profit, or even a government entity. Simply, there are no restrictions.
Any product with "OLP" in the title means that you and/or your company will be registered directly into Microsoft's Open License Program licensing system when you place an order.
If your product has "SA" in the title, that stands for "Software Assurance". Microsoft's Software Assurance program gives you automatic access to new technology and provides productivity benefits, support, tools, and training to help deploy and use software efficiently. With Software Assurance, you receive the most recent version of the software at anytime during the two year agreement, or you can downgrade to previous versions of the software as well, but it is not a base forever license. Additionally, you receive access to new versions of licensed software released during the term of your agreement to deploy at anytime.
This item is Client Access License (CAL) only. It does not include any of the server software. It is for adding Clients to a new network and/or expanding the number of clients to your existing network. You may purchase this license with the base server license for a new installation, or you can purchase this by itself, if you already have the base server license and you are simply expanding your network.
IMPORTANT! Whatever information is in the "Shipping Fields" upon checkout will be the fields used for your license registration with Microsoft. If you are an IT professional and you are purchasing for a client of yours, please be sure to put your client's information in the shipping fields. ...and don't worry - we never contact our customer's clients for any reason. It is just for registration purposes.
Once your order is placed with us, we will then register your order directly with Microsoft. Your license will be released to you in the form of an "Open License Order Confirmation", which is your official proof of ownership. This document includes your license authorization and agreement numbers, and a link to Microsoft's website where you can manage your license and/or download software and/or obtain your product keys for installation/activation.