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What is the true license cost to WSS?

  Asked By: Beth    Date: Mar 03    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1047

We are rolling out WSS to a number of customers and we cannot get a straight
Everyone says WSS is free, but nothing is free (TANSTAAFL for you econ majors).

Has anyone seen a reliable white paper, or something, to set us straight?



9 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Katy Patton     Answered On: Mar 03

WSS is included in Windows Server 2003, so if they have that, then they have WSS. I believe you can download wss  from Microsoft if they do not already have it (for free). I’m sure you could


“Now shipping as part of Windows Server 2003 R2 or available for download at no additional charge, Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services technology in Windows Server 2003 is an integrated portfolio of collaboration and communication services designed to connect people, information, processes, and systems both within and beyond the organizational firewall.”

That quote is from the link above.

Answer #2    Answered By: Ana Payne     Answered On: Mar 03

WSS is free  as long as you have a license  for Windows Server 2003. That is
true. No tricks, no catches, it's just included. Kinda like saying Notepad is

If you use WSS with SQL instead of the free WMSDE there are some licensing
implications. WSS itself is fully usible as a free product if you already own
licenses for Windows Server 2003.

Answer #3    Answered By: Hema Hegde     Answered On: Mar 03

Wss is free

To connect to wss  you need a windows cal which all network users should have in any event
You will need windows server licences for the servers
Unless it is a very small implementation you will want to use sql as a database
and so will need to purchase sql server plus cals or a peocessor license  for sql

Ie wss is free  windows and sql are not

Answer #4    Answered By: Kyla Eckert     Answered On: Mar 03

That ll be the bit about windows notu being free  then.

Answer #5    Answered By: Megan Martin     Answered On: Mar 03

WSS is a loss leader that is free  with the purchase of Win2K3. You can't
run this Windows Service on Linux.

Answer #6    Answered By: Donta Kirkland     Answered On: Mar 03

You have to buy the hardware, the operating system, and it would be nice if you used sql server too. Plus you need people to run all of this equipment you just bought, then there is electricity, HVAC, raised floors, and parking and the building to put all this stuff and people . . .. so yeah, wss  could get quite expensive quickly. But it’s like Todd says WSS runs on Windows 2003 operating system for no additional cost.

You can even download it from here www.microsoft.com/.../wss.mspx

Answer #7    Answered By: Cade Velazquez     Answered On: Mar 03

Actually there is "hosted solutions" for small companies looking to
organize thier internal collaborations with the user of Sharepoint
without having to purchase equipment or hire additional people. Its a
relative inexpensive way to get up and running in WSS!

Answer #8    Answered By: Ariana Christensen     Answered On: Mar 03

We are using Apptix for our volunteer leadership at my
association (since they cannot use our intranet). Apptix is more
expensive than many other hosted solutions, but I like it because
it's easier to manage users. You do everything via your SharePoint
site w/out having to use a "control panel" on a different site
*plus* the standard "manage users" in SharePoint. Also, because of
the way you do this, you allow your users to set  and change their
own passwords. This is very important if there are confidentiality

There are lots of other hosting companies we looked at that seem
good, but this was best for our needs (and budget wasn't as big of a

My SharePoint Users group uses WebHost4life which is super cheap and
seems really reliable, but it does require you to manage user
accounts via a control panel you access from their web site. You
then have to set passwords for people, and if they want it changed,
they would have to give you the desired password for you to change
for them. Not the most ideal situation...

I've heard CrystalTech (I think) is more of a happy-medium. They
also require you to create accounts via a control panel, but
supposedly users have a way to change their own passwords. I'm not
sure how this works as I've never used this company.

There are lots more out there, too, so try googling for more

Hope this helps!! Oh- and I know that WebHost4life is actually now
offering the 2007 beta for those who would prefer that. Very cool! I
haven't tried that, either, but I saw it advertised on their site.
I'm thinking of creating a personal site w/ them, in part so I can
really practice using 2007!

Answer #9    Answered By: Darrius Whitfield     Answered On: Mar 03

I’ve been using webhost4life also for the past year and am very happy with the service… the reason you state that having to go into the Host Application really doesn’t or shouldn’t cause you to stray away from them.. you would have to go into AD to make your changes in an Internal environment anyway so AD …. Host Console…. They act the same. There are a couple products in the market that offer the ability to have users control there passwords from a web form or Webpart (DotnetFactory comes to mind as I have used them in the past)

With regards to WebHost4Life offering V3. It is true and you have to make a special request to have this done… I am one of the first sites they migrated to this version and up to date Im very happy. They are going to be updating to B2TR in the very near future.

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