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Office SharePoint Server Licensing

Print | posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2007 2:35 PM

Licensing for Office SharePoint Server is widely seen as pretty confusing, especially when figuring the "for Internet Sites" edition into the equation. Now in general these things are best left to your Microsoft Account Manager or a Licensing Specialist - top tip - don't trust the "specialist" at the reseller if you are on a volume licence deal!!

Anyways - the links that Cornelius (a SharePoint MVP) recently posted are considered the authorative info, check these before those random "let me explain MOSS licensing" posts you may find (like this one :)):

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/FX101865111033.aspx

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/FX102176831033.aspx (US List Prices)

http://office.microsoft.com/search/redir.aspx?AssetID=XT102011901033&CTT=5&Origin=HA1019780331033 (an XLS which is handy)

But wait, there's more.

Hidden away on about page 30 of the second part of Microsoft's tome - Planning and architecture for Office SharePoint Server 2007 is an actually really articulate discussion of licencing.

Consider licensing requirements to determine the minimum number of server farms that you need to plan for. There are two server licenses available for Office SharePoint Server 2007. These licenses cannot be combined on the same server computer or on the same server farm. The following table lists and describes each license offering.
 

 

Offering
Description
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Server License
This license is required to run Office SharePoint Server 2007 in client/server mode. You should use this license with the requisite number of Client Access Licenses (CALs) appropriate for your organizational needs.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Internet sites
You may use the software for Internet-facing Web sites only. All content, information, and applications must be accessible to non-employees. This license has all the features of the Enterprise Edition of Office SharePoint Server. This is a per server license that does not require the purchase of Client Access Licenses.
 
If you plan to deploy internal content for your organization and Internet-facing content for non-employees, you must deploy at least two server farms to meet licensing requirements.
The remainder of this section describes which license to use for different types of deployments.
Intranet sites for both internal and remote employees
Use the server license with the appropriate number of CALs. Even though intranet sites might be exposed to the Internet to allow access to remote employees, this is the correct license for this scenario.
Internet sites for external users
Use the Internet sites license.
Partner extranet sites for communication with employees of partner companies
You can choose the following options for partner extranet sites:
·    Add a partner extranet site to a server farm that is hosting the company intranet (server license). With this option, you must ensure that you purchase the requisite number of CALs for partner employees.
·    Add a partner extranet site to a server farm that is hosting the company Internet site (Internet sites license). This option does not require CALs for partner employees or for your own employees who are collaborating with partners. However, on this farm, you may not create sites that are used exclusively by employees of your organization.
·    Deploy a dedicated server farm for partner collaboration and use the Internet sites license. This option does not require CALs for partner employees or for your own employees who are collaborating with partners. However, on this farm, you may not create sites that are used exclusively by employees of your organization.
If you plan to deploy a single server farm, use this server farm. If you plan to deploy two different server farms, one for intranet sites and one for Internet sites, consider the following aspects to help you decide which server farm to use for partner extranet sites:
·    Nature of collaboration   If the primary purpose of a partner extranet site is to securely communicate information to many partners, the Internet server farm is the most economical choice. On the other hand, if the primary purpose is to work collaboratively with a small number of partner employees, the intranet server farm might be a better choice. Choose the option that enables you to optimize the farm for its intended role (that is, collaboration vs. read-only content).
·    Number of partner employees   If you collaborate with many partner employees and cost is a strong criterion, you can securely host both collaborative and anonymous content on an Internet-facing farm with the Internet sites license.
If you collaborate with many partner employees, consider deploying a dedicated server farm for partner extranet sites in the following circumstances:
·    You do not plan to deploy a server farm for Internet sites and it is more cost effective to purchase the Internet sites license than to purchase CALs for all partner employees.
·    Your organization prevents authenticated access to or collaboration on the same server farm that hosts your Internet site.
·    You anticipate or are experiencing performance issues on a server farm that hosts both Internet sites and partner extranet sites. For example, partner employees report slow response times when collaborating on content.
Pre-publishing environments for Internet sites
In pre-publishing environments where multiple environments are used for development, authoring, testing, and staging, use the following guidelines:
·    Code development and testing   Use an MSDN license. For more information, see MSDN Subscription Licensing (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=81665&clcid=0x409).
·    Content authoring   Use theserver license with the appropriate number of CALs.
·    Staging   Staging environments are typically configured to match the production environment. Consequently, use the Internet sites license.

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# re: Office SharePoint Server Licensing

I just wanted to thank you for this info it was more useful than my microsoft rep. I didi provide him with the link.
Again, Thanks for the work it is appreciated.
MD

4/13/2007 3:01 PM | Mark Dorry
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What a gem !! excellent stuff - this is the distilled stuff.

4/16/2007 1:19 PM | Outback
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Sweet!! awesome answers so many questions

thanks for taking the time to provide the information.

8/9/2007 4:38 PM | Gerald Parish
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Microsoft have made some changes to allow Internet and CAL based licenses to run on the same farm.

See http://blogs.msdn.com/thomriz/archive/2007/09/23/changes-to-mossfis-licensing.aspx

9/24/2007 2:35 PM | Andrew Woodward
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nice article mate

ta
jag

10/4/2007 7:56 AM | Jag
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We already have our intranet in sharepoint. We have decided to use MOSS also for our internet. My question should we combine both intranet and Internet in the same server farms or having a separate server farm. Besides the licensing issue what are the drawbacks of having single server farms.


Sincerely,

Utpal

6/9/2008 5:25 PM | UTPAL DATTA
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# re: Office SharePoint Server Licensing

indeed informative information; i must say even microsoft does not have a page with such content
thanks for sharing

9/30/2009 4:27 PM | bhavtosh
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This is the best information I have received from 20 websites and explained perfectly.

4/15/2010 5:19 AM | Harmik
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We have the need to build a internet facing customer portal that would include forms based edits and updates to data. Does the internet site licensed edition provide this capability?

Thanks

4/16/2010 7:59 AM | Raghu

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