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September 12, 2007

MOSS 2007 Licensing Decoded

Filed under: Licensing, Microsoft, MOSS 2007, SharePoint, SharePoint 2007 — cregan @ 11:47 pm

Lately, I’ve been working on a large number of MOSS 2007 consulting projects, and I am always asked the question as to how MOSS is licensed.  So I have decided to write this up and post it for everyone to use as a reference.  Please note that I always recommend that you speak with your local Microsoft Account Rep, as licensing can change very quickly…

If you are not going to use any of the following enterprise features (to name a few):

  • Business Data Catalog
  • InfoPath Forms Services
  • Excel Services
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Reports Center 

Then you will need the following licenses to start:

  • SQL Server License for each SQL server (typically one server – but if you are running a cluster, obviously more).  If you are going to have more than a couple hundred users, I would recommend that you look into licensing SQL server on a per-processor basis, which allows an unlimited number of SQL users per processor.  You also need to decide if you are going to run Standard or Enterprise Edition…To determine which edition will suit you best, take a look at the following: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/prodinfo/features/compare-features.mspx.
  • 1 SQL Server Client Access License for every MOSS user.  The number of these licenses purchased is usually equal to the number of MOSS CALs purchased.  If you purchase the per-processor version of SQL server then you will not need to purchase individual SQL CALs.
  • MOSS Server License for every server that MOSS will be installed on.  This would include servers that will just have one role on them – such as dedicated Index and Search servers.  Note that this license is not differentiated between standard & enterprise.  It’s just a single SKU.
  • 1 MOSS Standard Edition Client Access License for every MOSS user.  Standard Edition will get you all of the basic collaboration features, search & indexing, document collaboration & Office integration.   Note that if you are unsure of whether you need to utilize the Enterprise Edition, visit this site for more of a comparison of the versions: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA101978031033.aspx 

Now if you do want to use the Enterprise features, in addition to the licenses mentioned above, you will need to purchase 1 MOSS Enterprise Edition Client Access License for every MOSS user.  This is an additive license – meaning that you must purchase both the Standard and Enterprise CALS per user.  I.e., You can’t just buy all enterprise edition CALs… you need the underlying Standard Edition CALs first.

Now… note that there is also a ‘SharePoint 2007 for Internet Sites’ license – this is specifically for internet-facing sites only.  Essentially, all of the site content, information & applications must be made available to non-employees.  You do, however, have all of the enterprise edition features with this license.  There are some caveats and gray areas with this – so if you think you may need it (btw, it costs about $40k per server), you will definitely want to speak with your Microsoft representative.

Any questions – let me know.  I’ll do my best to answer them for you.



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