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  Asked By: Elijah    Date: Aug 11    Category: MOSS    Views: 804

My organization is planning to relaunch our website on MOSS 2007
We will also be launching extranet-type applications on the platform
down the road.

Please share any knowledge you have about the following licensing
questions. Of course, we must ultimately ensure we are compliant, and
we will work with Microsoft to do this, but your feedback would help
get initial estimates together:

Since we intend to launch private sites, I assume we need to acquire
the full enterprise server license and not the "Internet Server"
version, correct?

Each box in the farm aside from the DB server needs its own license,
correct?

If we were to deploy the "Internet Server" version would we be able to
later launch private sites for users who were covered by individual
CALs?

If we deploy the Enterprise license there is no need to purchase the
Forms Server product, correct?

To deploy extranet apps to our partners, we would have to purchase
individual CALs for them correct?

If these external users had volume license agreements from their own
companies to use MOSS 2007 systems in place there, would they be
allowed to access our systems with these licenses, or would we still
have to purchase new CALs for them?

Is there no longer an "external adapter" licensing option as existed
for SP 2003?

Also interested in hearing any other interesting points which you may
have run into researching or deploying MOSS.

Related MS Materials I have found so far are here for those interested:
office.microsoft.com/.../FX101865111033.aspx
office.microsoft.com/.../HA101978031033.aspx

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5 Answers Found

 
Answer #1    Answered By: Shayla Mcbride     Answered On: Aug 11

I've done my best to answer some of your questions  here, but you should follow
up either with a VAR (like Dell/CDW) or with a MS licensing  Specialist. Or
maybe both... J Would love some feedback from anyone else to validate or
correct my understanding of the current licensing models...

Q: Since we intend to launch private sites, I assume we need to acquire the full
enterprise server license and not the "Internet Server" version, correct?
A: Correct. If "private sites" are to be used by employees, then site needs
MOSS 2007 Server plus at least the Standard CAL for each employee that will use
the site. The Enterprise CAL is additive and must be used in addition to the
Standard CAL for employees wanting to use Enterprise features. However, you can
use MOSS for Internet for "private sites", but you can't use it for
employee-based private sites (crystal clear, I know).

Q: Each box in the farm aside from the DB server needs its own license, correct?
A: Correct. Every SharePoint server needs a unique server license, whether WFE,
Index, Query, etc...

Q: If we were to deploy the "Internet Server" version would we be able to later
launch private sites for users who were covered by individual CALs?
A: No. The "MOSS for Internet" cannot be used with CALs. CALs are only usable
with the MOSS Server license.

Q: If we deploy the Enterprise license there is no need to purchase the Forms
Server product, correct?
A: Correct. Both the Enterprise CAL and the MOSS for Internet provide the Forms
Server functionality.

Q: To deploy extranet apps to our partners, we would have to purchase individual
CALs for them correct?
A: Extranet apps should be made available through the MOSS for Internet license.

Q: If these external users had volume license agreements from their own
companies to use MOSS 2007 systems in place there, would they be allowed to
access our systems with these licenses, or would we still have to purchase new
CALs for them?
A: You cannot use CALs from an external company license for anything in your
company.

Q: Is there no longer an "external adapter" licensing option as existed for SP
2003?
A: The MOSS for Internet license has replaced the external adapter licensing.
However, please keep in mind that depending on your solution you may still need
the Windows 2003 Server External Connector License as well.

Q: Also interested in hearing any other interesting points which you may have
run into researching or deploying MOSS.
A: You should work with a VAR or a Microsoft Licensing rep to solidify your
individual needs.

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Jarvis Rowe     Answered On: Aug 11

Big thanks to you both for taking the time to reply to my question.
The main thing I didn't grasp was that the license for "Internet
Server" allows extranet type apps to be run and replaces the "external
connector"

I think this is the only MOSS license we'll need then.
Like the old adapter, it's not cheap.

Pricing info here for those interested: http://office.microsoft.com/en-
us/sharepointserver/FX102176831033.aspx?ofcresset=1

 
Answer #3    Answered By: Christian Waters     Answered On: Aug 11

It is true that MOSS 2007 for Internet Sites and MOSS 2007 (Standard or
Enterprise) are two separate licensing  options. Because of this fact,
they must be installed on separate farms to meet licensing requirements.
This means at least one server hosting farm services per license.

In other words, you will have one farm for your Internet (publicly
accessible) Sites and you will have another farm for your Intranet
(internally accessible) sites.

We are doing pretty much the same thing you are heading to and chose to
minimize costs with the Windows Server 2003 Enterprise R2 license on a
beefy server hosting 4 other Windows Virtual Servers. 2 of the Virtual
Servers serve as our MOSS farms; one for Internet Sites and one for
Intranet sites. The db server is on another box.

 
Answer #4    Answered By: Virendar Bahudur     Answered On: Aug 11

I don't have an answer to your question, I'm sure someone will, but it
might be worth looking at the 'MS Action Pack'. You can only get this
if you are in the Partner program but it's not that difficult to
qualify. It's won't cover your requirements but it's a cheap option for
getting some base licenses.

 
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