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License Question for public facing SharePoint

  Asked By: Ladonna    Date: Oct 26    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 2991

Question about how to handle public facing SharePoint sites, how is licensing
controlled for public facing in SharePoint? ie. We want our home page for our
campus SharePoint to be visual to *all* without any authentication. To move
beyond an initial splash page we will provide a 'logon' button. Are we in
violation of Microsoft license if we do this? On one hand, I suspect there is a
connector license we need but, on the other hand if the user doesn't actually
interact with anything on SharePoint but view the content it is really nothing
more than an IIS page.



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Kacey Russo     Answered On: Oct 26

Licensing questions really should be directed to Microsoft as they are the only
ones that can provide  you with answers that would hold up in court.

Answer #2    Answered By: Rebecca Lewis     Answered On: Oct 26

technically you need both a Windows Server Internet connector license  and a
MOSS Internet connector license to do an external facing  site even if the
users are all anonymous read-only users. If there is sharepoint  data
displayed on the home  page then you must have a SharePoint license. You
could have a static web page  in a regular IIS web site that will redirect to
sharepoint when people click a signin link without the license, but not one
served up by SharePoint.

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