Last post Jun 24, 2008 10:40 AM by leonsay
Mar 25, 2008 05:51 PM|Soniic|LINK
We're looking to do some Windows based hosting for our customers and are trying to figure out the SPLA licensing. Our Microsoft rep seems more confused than we do regarding licensing. I have a few questions regarding different scenario's, please advise
or provide clarity wherever you can:
1) Hosting virtual machines with Virtual Server 2005 R2 (ie instead of giving a customer a dedicated server, we give them a virtual machine)
- How do I license the guest OS's? If I install Server Enterprise Edition on the
host server (processor license) then I believe I can install up to 4 guest OS's for 'free'. What happens if I want to have more than 4 guest OS's on the server? How do I license them then? If I have two processors on the host server and purchase two
processor licenses for the host server then do I get 8 'free' guest OS installs? Also, I understand Datacentre edition allows unlimited VM's - but I believe datacentre edition only comes with "Anonymous Processor License", and no "Authenticated Processsor
License" - so which would I require if hosting VM's?
2) WSS Hosting
- First, am I allowed to host WSS (not SharePoint Standard or Enterprise, I'm just talking about the free WSS)
-What restrictions are there with licensing, is there anything special? its not listed in any price sheets and my rep cant tell me why. Do I simply have to license the OS that I install it on using an "Authenticated" license and that's it? What if I use
Forms based authentication for WSS, can I get away with "Anonymous" license for the OS since WSS is using forms based auth which uses the database instead of Active Directory or the local NT accounts on the server?
-Other than licensing the OS, what else do I need to have licensed to host WSS for a customer? If we have a centralized SQL server then I can simply put the WSS database on that licensed server, however, if I put SQL server on the same physical machine
then I'd have to license SQL server too, correct?
3) Regular Database-Driven Website Hosting
-Under what circumstances can I get away with "Anonymous" as opposed to "Authenticated" licensing for the OS? There is a big price difference. If I am hosting a site for a customer that is database driven and the user accounts are NOT in active directory
or local NT accounts on the server then can I avoid the "authenticated" license? Note that the websites still have users and the ability for them to login to the website, however, the users are stored in a database in SQL server, not in AD or local NT accounts.
Furthermore, how does the SQL licensing work on that - I guess the www server is a multiplexing device so I would have to use processor licensing for SQL server but for the OS that runs SQL server and the www server I can use Anonymous Processsor License for
I know these are simple questions but the subtlties are killing me
Thanks in Advance
Mar 25, 2008 09:31 PM|wisecarver|LINK
Start here bro:
Mar 25, 2008 09:36 PM|Soniic|LINK
Start here bro:
Thanks for the reply but that doesn't really help answer any of my questions......
Mar 26, 2008 09:07 AMemail@example.com|LINK
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Jun 24, 2008 10:40 AM|leonsay|LINK
HI here is a bit of free advice.
Whichever country you are in seek out your SPLA reseller or you Local MIcrosoft SPla person for exact scenario advice.
1) ok there is no easy answer for this one as it all depends on what you are going to do on each guest OS. For example Datacentre gives you unlimited Anonymous guest OS's but if you need one authenticated server and the rest annonymous then you can simply
buy datacentre to cover those and buy a single or 2 depending on Proc's in the box authenticated PL's in the windows flavour you need. So in short case by case answer applies here.
2) WSS is free so as long as you pretty much license the OS under SPLA you are pretty safe. SQL you will need to license under SPLA as well and yes if you have a dedicated SQL server already just use that one.
If you use Forms based Authentication then yes if you don't use windows Authentication you can use annonymous licenses. Again speak to local contact and really look at windows 2008. Better licensing models all round.
Yes if you put SQL on WSS server you will need to license SQL as well unless you have on customer on it then you could possible get away with SQL express.
3)Yes if your website does not use windows authentication and authenticates against some sort of database or third party lpad tool you can use annonymous licenses. MOst cases SQL license have to be PL for websites that use it to store content access annonymously.
Eg you don't get the users to login.
PLEASE ALLL LOOK AT WINDOWS 2008 LICENSING much better for hosters also huge performance boost.