Last post Jun 24, 2008 10:57 AM by leonsay
Jun 23, 2008 06:44 PM|BladesAway|LINK
We are a partner with MIcrosoft under SPLA. We are tryign to get clarification on what type of processor licenses we need each of the servers in our platform. I want to make sure that we are not over paying or under paying.
I have been told that for every server in the platform we need to have a processor (authenticated) license for each server. For the sake of dicussion we will assume that all servers just have one processor.
2 Front-End OWA/RPC-HTTPS Servers
2 Front-End SMTP Servers
1 Front-End Control Panel Server
1 Back-End Provisioning Server
1 Back-End SQL Server
2 Back-End Exchange Servers clustered
2 Back-End AD/DNS Servers
1 BES Server
Do all of these require the authenticated processor license, if not, which ones can be licensed as unauthenticated?
Jun 24, 2008 12:07 AM|sbeasl00|LINK
I'm reluctanct to answer this due to thousands of ever-changing licenses from MS, BUT if you are talking about the SPLA that you obtain from MS by: Becoming a Microsoft Partner
Signing up to become a hosted service provider
Setting up an account at one of the Wholesale license resellers (the agreement where you settle up at the end of the month with audits, etc.)
Then no, you do not have to a server license - excerpt below from
There are two types of SPLA licenses. Choose the one that's right for you based on how you offer Microsoft licensed products to your customers.
Per Subscriber: A Subscriber Access License (SAL) is required for each unique individual user or device that is authorized to access or otherwise use the licensed products.
With the SAL option, you don't need a separate Server License.
Per Processor: Each Processor License allows an unlimited number of users to access the software that is installed on that processor for products licensed through a per processor model.
Jun 24, 2008 10:57 AM|leonsay|LINK
HI From experience on giving advice on SPLA licensing it can depend on which country you are in as for some reason some places have different local interpretations of some grey areas in the licensing.
However you do not have to license all servers with a PL if you don't have a lot of users.
Also a general answer is no all those servers do not have to be authenticated.
Please seek Advice from local SPLA reseller or Microsoft Account Manager
I will not give out more details online as too mnay people have different installs and misinterpret what is said on the forums. If you want further advice from me please email.