So, as with all things tech, a Final Answer is subject to change. 

In a Microsoft Readiness newsletter today, I got some happy news (besides the huge 1:2 change to 1:3 for conversions of Full Users):


  • Dynamics 365 Business Central External Accountant and System Administrator User

Business Central on-premises customer licenses have been updated to include, at no charge, one CAL for an External Accounting User and one CAL for a System Administrator User.

These user types are included in the Subscription licensing model for Business Central on-premises since October 2018 and have now been added to the Perpetual licensing model for Business Central on-premises.

So, there we go!   Perpetual License On-Premise Licenses now get extra CALs for External Accounting User and System Administrator User.

A delightful and unexpected turn of events.


There are other great changes to licensing in the mix, as well, so I would encourage everyone to review their license guide for their region.