Sharepoint Licensing Roundup

In response to lots of questions about how to correctly license Sharepoint, our own Scott Barker helped put together a useful conference call with Microsoft licensing experts.

What follows are my notes on what we heard on that conference call. These notes should not be taken as fact–you should verify their veracity for yourself with Microsoft.

The licensing expert began by explaining the usual way that Microsoft server products are licensed. Generally, you buy a server license, client access licenses (CALs) for each “internal” user, and an External Connector license for each “external” user.

For Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server (MOSS), if you use this traditional approach, it amounts to:

  • Windows Server license
  • MOSS license
  • Windows Server CALs for internal users
  • MOSS CALs for internal users
  • MOSS External Connector for external users
  • SQL Server license
  • SQL CALs for all users (or per processor CAL licensing)

Instead, Microsoft has introduced new specialty licensing for MOSS. The “Sharepoint for Internet” license covers:

  • MOSS license
  • Windows Server CALs for internal users
  • MOSS CALs for internal users
  • MOSS External Connector for external users

In other words, this specialty license is a blanket covering all the licensing, except the SQL licensing and Windows Server CALs.

The licensing expert had a couple clarifications on questions that were asked.

Internal users were defined to be the users we consider employees.

External users were everyone else.

The licensing expert said she would consider our organizational boundaries to include *all* of UW, although I have some serious doubts about whether that was entirely accurate (or relevant), but wasn’t able to follow up in enough detail to get those doubts clarified.

This specialty license does not cover Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS), the version of Sharepoint that comes bundled with Windows Server. WSS licensing follows the Windows server licensing model, so you’d need:

  • Windows Server license
  • Windows Server CALs for internal users
  • External connector (or inpidual CALs for each) for external authenticated access
  • Anonymous access requires *nothing* other than Windows Server CAL

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Required
Required